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Md. Removes Tred Avon Shellfishing Restrictions

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland environmental officials say shellfishing restrictions have been lifted on portions of the Tred Avon River and nearby waterways in Talbot County.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced Monday that oysters and clams can now be harvested at any time. The waterways had been classified as “conditionally approved,” meaning oysters and clams couldn’t be harvested for three days after a rainfall of one inch or more in 24 hours.

The reclassified areas are the main stem of the Tred Avon from Goldsborough Creek to just north of Peachblossom Creek; Goldsborough Creek; Trippe Creek; Peachblossom Creek; Plaindealing Creek; and a portion of Tar Creek. Town Creek and the headwaters of Tar Creek and the Tred Avon River remain closed to harvesting.

The department says recent testing found lower bacteria levels.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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