Shellfish beds in the Delaware Bay that were closed just prior to Hurricane Sandy’s arrival, have been reopened as of dawn this morning.

The Department of Environmental Protection ordered the beds, and all others in the state, to be closed prior to the storm in order because of anticipated bacterial contamination due to heavy 4rains.

Water monitoring and tissue testing in the Delaware Bay beds, which are from Cape May Point to Lower Alloways Creek, found no bacterial contamination from the storm, the DEP said in a news release.

DEP is reviewing data in Atlantic coastal waters from Barnegat Inlet to Cape May Point and expects to allow those beds to reopen within several days.

Barnegat Bay shellfish beds north of Barnegat Inlet remain closed due to high bacteria counts in the water.

Shellfish beds in the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook areas remain closed due to ongoing raw sewage and partially treated sewage discharges in the New York City and Bergen County areas, the state said. Floodwaters from the storm damaged sewage treatment plants and pump stations, the DEP said.

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