The state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday suspended harvest of shellfish from beds near Bader Field in Atlantic City, where a sewer leak was discovered.

The closed beds are in Risley Channel, Dock Thorofare, Whirlpool Channel, Shelter Island Bay and Lakes Bay north of the Margate Bridge (County Route 563).

The leak was discovered Saturday near the west side of Bader Field, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority said Monday.

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It was detected in an underground 30-inch force main, the ACUA said in a news release. The main was 40 years old, and the leak caused sewage to spill into the areas surrounding Bader Field, including the Great Thorofare, Beach Thorofare and Inside Thorofare, the ACUA said.

Residents and businesses in the Downbeach area, the Chelsea Heights neighborhood and Seaview Harbor have been advised to conserve water to help minimize flow through the force main.

The ACUA said in a statement Monday it was working closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Atlantic City’s Health Department and Atlantic City’s Office of Emergency Management to ensure water quality is closely monitored and affected areas are closed until further notice.

On Monday, the city Health Department asked that all recreation activities, including fishing, crabbing, kayaking and personal watercraft riding, be temporarily suspended in the areas around Bader Field.

The ACUA said updates can be found at acua.com/sewerupdate.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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