Shellfishing areas opened in N.H.


HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) – There is good news for clam diggers on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.

Fish and Game and the Department of Environmental Services says more than 260 acres of shellfishing waters are being re-opened in Hampton and Seabrook harbor and its tributaries. The opening follows a study of pollution sources affecting the clam flats.

Also, as of Jan. 1, the state says the clam flats are likely to stay open more because less pollution is being washed into the water from rainfall.

Until this month, the closures were triggered by rainfall of a quarter of an inch. Now the threshold is one inch, thanks in part to pollution-control projects over the last several years.

The clam flats typically are open from November through May.