CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Environmental officials will close parts of the Honga River in Dorchester County to shellfish harvesting because of elevated levels of bacteria.
The Maryland Department of the Environment says there are no active oyster bars or aquaculture operations in the affected areas.
WBOC-reports ( http://bit.ly/UDjmEV) that the bacteria sampling was done to classify the area for a potential aquaculture site.
The parts of the River that will be closed include Slaughter Creek, Upper Keene Broads, Beaverdam Creek, Dunnock Slough, Dunnock Island Creek, Lower Keene Broads, Great Marsh Creek, Jacks Creek, Robinson Cove and Spicer Creek.
The closure takes effect Nov. 26.
Information from: WBOC-TV, http://www.wboc.com/
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