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Shellfishing reopening in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Shellfish harvesters in Rhode Island are being allowed back into areas that had been off limits following Superstorm Sandy.

The state's Department of Environmental Management says that starting at sunrise Tuesday harvesters will be allowed back into shellfishing areas in Quonochontaug Pond and portions of Winnapaug Pond and Ninigret Pond.

The ponds are all in Westerly and Charlestown. They had been closed to shellfishing after the storm surge and coastal flooding from Sandy negatively impacted water quality in several coastal ponds.

Shellfishing harvesters should check with DEM as to the condition of particular areas of the ponds as some remain off-limits.

Several other shellfishing areas remain closed in Rhode Island and water quality tests are ongoing.