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Flanders Bay

DEC reopens shellfish lands closed in May due to high levels of toxin linked to paralytic shellfish poisoning

by Jul 1, 2015
Though the lands remain uncertified for harvesting shellfish for human consumption due to chronic sanitary conditions, water quality in the Peconic River and western Flanders Bay has improved, according to Stony Brook University marine scientists.

Q&A: Why are the fish dying?

by Jun 16, 2015
A video Q&A explaining the bunker fish kills in western Flanders Bay and the Peconic River.

Officials plan steps to remove rotting fish, hoping for help from Mother Nature

by Jun 1, 2015
As complaints begin to flow in about the tide of dead fish washing ashore on Flanders Bay beaches, local officials are making plans to remove at least the biggest piles of fish carcasses from local beaches, including the county park.

Fishy stench hangs over deserted Flanders Bay beaches as dead bunker continue to wash ashore

by May 31, 2015
Dead bunker continue to wash ashore on the beaches of Flanders Bay in Riverhead and are now appearing east of there, along Peconic Bay...

Marine research scientist: ‘Mahogany tide’ algal bloom caused fish kill in Peconic Estuary

by May 30, 2015
A fish kill of major proportions is underway in the Peconic Estuary, the result of a harmful algal bloom known as 'mahogany tide.'

‘Massive’ die-off of turtles: Dozens of dead diamondback terrapins wash up along Flanders Bay beaches

by May 13, 2015
The bloated bodies of dozens of diamondback terrapins have been found scattered across the shores of several Jamesport and Flanders beaches since late April.