Shellfishing to resume at Aucoot Cove
MARION — The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that no further testing will be needed, and shellfishing will be allowed to resume at Aucoot Cove on Thursday, July 11.
An employee at the Marion Wastewater Treatment Plant reported an isolated water quality test with high bacteria to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 14.
An investigation revealed that the issue was caused by a clogged filter that was part of the treatment process. The filter has been replaced, and the issue is not expected to happen again.
The July 11 opening date is based on a mandatory 21-day closure period from when the issue was resolved. Routine testing at the Marion Wastewater Treatment Plant will continue throughout the summer to ensure the safety of shellfishing and water conditions.
Town Administrator James McGrail thanked residents for their patience during the 21-day grace period. Further questions can be referred to Marion Deputy Harbormaster and Shellfish Officer Adam Murphy at 508-748-3535.