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Boating, Fishing Can Resume In Barnegat and Sandy Hook Bays

Crabbing also allowed now that post-Hurricane Sandy testing has been completed

Boating, fishing and crabbing are now allowed in the upper Barnegat Bay and Sandy Hook Bay.

The Department of Environmental Protection is lifting the public health advisory for recreational use in these bays, as well as the Hudson River, Passaic River, Hackensack River, Newark Bay, Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill.

Recreational and commercial shellfish harvest, however, remains prohibited in these waters, the DEP says.

The wastewater treatment facilities that had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy have now been restored, and testing has indicated that these bodies of water meet the recreational water quality standards, the DEP says.

The DEP encourages all anglers, crabbers and boaters to visit the Hurricane Sandy webpage at http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/ for updates on lifting the advisory in the Raritan River/Raritan Bay area.

In addition, people are encouraged to visit fishsmarteatsmartnj.org for current fish consumption advisories.

PJ Ortley December 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Despite what the experts say - I am not consuming anything coming out of Barnegat Bay. It is full of splintered homes, abandoned boats that are surely leaking and who knows how much residual raw sewage from all the failed sewer plants. And by the way, if the sewer plants are working why can't I flush my toilet at my home in Ortley Beach? The big sign on Rre 37 still says : NO FLUSH
brokeninbayville December 07, 2012 at 10:45 PM
how can boats even go in the bay or lagoons? they have so mch debri in them and the channels may not be accurate now. is this allowance south of us?
capt mark December 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Wow they must be full of sand, what channels we knew are filled in, the water ways are loaded with debris, why would they make this statement until the spring. We still have parts of homes floating around, thats the worst statement they have come out with this week.
Sandra December 08, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I would not eat anything from the Bay on a good day before the storm. Now....even more so.
grace December 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
good points pj
Ken December 08, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I pulled my boat out of the water just before the storm. I thought twice about putting it back in to go Striped Bass and Tog fishing. Thinking twice was all I needed to put it away for the winter in the barn. Too many boats are hitting debris in the Bay and Ocean. The last thing I want to do is hit something and possibly sink this time of the year. The waters too cold for me now.
mjmjr December 08, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I WOULD NOT DRIVE MY BOAT IN THE BAY THIS YEAR,UNTIL ALL THE DEBRIS IS REMOVED,AND THE CHANNELS ARE CLEAR.
Irina December 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
TOS VIOLATION
Random Poster December 08, 2012 at 08:13 AM
i hope the DEP thinks about dregging the bay at some point. it will clean all the crap under the water, both before and after sandy. and all that sand can be collected, cleaned and used for beach replentishment both ocean side beaches and bay side beaches. if people over in dubi can use dreged sand to create a island in the shape of a palm tree, we should be able to clean the bay and add a layer of protection with extra sand on the beach fronts....
Margie December 08, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Just a question, how can ppl return to thier homes and not be allowed to flush toilet. If they are listening, which I kno all ppl are not gonna, then thier houses must smell like human waste as well as the damage that Sandy caused.
RICH SAMALONIS December 08, 2012 at 12:33 PM
DOES ANYBODY REALIZE WHAT HAPPEN? SAM
larry December 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I have been fishing for about a month now.Not that much debris floating, Oyster Creek Channel Is well marked and no problem. Tog fishing has been good in the ocean and fish are fine
We R TR December 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Because half of your undergroung sewer lines are still filled with sand
Frank December 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I wonder if anyone at all the New Jersey Patch sites lost their cameras to Sandy. Why else would they feel the need to illustrate an article on Barnegat Bay with a picture from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. I realize the shore all looks the same to all these Patch transplants but to those of us who have been here for going on 70 years it doesn't.
D December 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Any word on Double Creek ?
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Depmar December 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The water may be considered safe for fishing, but are the channels still intact and the bay safe for navigation?

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