- Associated Press - Friday, May 25, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island environmental officials have closed some shellfishing areas around the state.

The Department of Environmental Management announced Friday that about 46 acres of Bluff Hill Cove between Great Island and the Narragansett shoreline are closed to shellfishing because of unacceptably high bacteria levels. The agency is working with the town of Narragansett to identify and resolve the causes of this closure.

The state also announced seasonal shellfish area closures due to potential water quality impacts associated with marinas and mooring fields.

They include Bristol Harbor; Dutch Harbor Area, Jamestown; Fishing Cove, Wickford Harbor; Great Salt Pond and Trims Pond, Block Island; Potter Cove, Prudence Island; and Sakonnet Harbor, Little Compton.

The closures take effect at sunrise Saturday and last until Oct. 10.

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