- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - In a headline for a story Oct. 21 about a shellfishing moratorium, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it was expected to lower Narragansett Bay. The moratorium is expected in the lower portion of Narragansett Bay.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Shellfish ban expected in lower Narragansett Bay in RI

Rhode Island officials add lower Narragansett Bay and a portion of Rhode Island Sound to a moratorium on shellfishing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials have added lower Narragansett Bay and a portion of Rhode Island Sound to a moratorium on shellfishing because of harmful algae.

The latest closure, announced Friday, comes after the state’s Department of Environmental Management closed the lower Sakonnet River to shellfish harvesting until further notice because of the same algae problem.

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.

Days later, the state detected domoic acid in shellfish from the lower Sakonnet River.

DEM Director Janet Coit says her agency is closely monitoring the situation and is taking precautionary action to ensure public safety and to uphold the reputation of the state’s seafood.


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