Shellfish harvesting closed on portion of Nansemond River until October

Photo Courtesy: Virginia Department of Health/Twitter
Photo Courtesy: Virginia Department of Health/Twitter

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Health officials have announced that shellfish harvesting will be closed in part of the Nansemond River in Suffolk until mid-October.

In a news release issued this week, officials stated that the area in the closure “may have been subjected to a sewage spill likely containing pathogenic bacteria and viruses.”

Release: Map of Shellfish Harvesting Closure

The closure is set to last from now until Oct. 13 in an area stretching from Bridge Road (Route 17) to Lighthouse Drive (see link above). This area may not be safe to harvest shellfish, according to officials.

The Department of Health says it will accept and respond to petition for the emergency closure.

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