- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has closed part of a river to shellfish harvesting because of harmful algae.

The Department of Environmental Management has closed the lower Sakonnet River to shellfish harvesting until further notice.

The department says the closure is associated with an algae bloom being monitored in state waters.

Earlier this month, algae blooms forced the closure of shellfish beds around New England, including most of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island and much of the Maine coast.

DEM says it was the first time harmful algae prompted a shellfishing closure in Rhode Island. Rhode Island’s ban was lifted Oct. 15.

Four days later, the state detected domoic acid in shellfish from the lower Sakonnet River, specifically Harvester Tagging Area 5C.

Shellfish samples will continue to be analyzed until the bloom subsides.

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