New Jersey shellfish beds reopen after hurricane

    Most of New Jersey’s shellfish beds reopened yesterday following Hurricane Irene, though storms continue to threaten the area. The Department of Environmental Protection made the announcement after tissue samples collected over the weekend met federal health standards. The beds closed Aug. 27 before the hurricane hit.

    An order signed by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin reopened beds from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point and returns them to harvest classification status. A decision to reopen other beds could be made as early as today.

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