2019 News Releases

March 18, 2019

Virginia Department of Health Closes Portions of Monroe Bay and Mattox Creek to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that portions of Monroe Bay and Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County are temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting due to a spill of raw sewage impacting water quality in the areas. Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption. more>>


March 6, 2019

Virginia Department of Health Reopens a Portion of The James River to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health announced today that the portion of the James River closed to shellfish harvesting on February 26 due to flooding was reopened effective Wednesday March 6, 2019.  The VDH Division of Shellfish Safety has monitored water quality in the river since the flooding occurred, and sample results confirm that the area is now safe to reopen for harvesting. more>>


February 26, 2019

Virginia Department of Health Closes a Portion of the James River to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health announced today that a portion of the James River is closed to shellfish harvesting due to significant river flooding.  Because floodwaters can be contaminated with pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses, shellfish taken from the area affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption.  The temporary emergency closure is set to be effective from 2:00 p.m. on February 26, 2019, through March 8, 2019. However, the Shellfish Safety Division will be conducting water quality monitoring and will reopen earlier if it is safe to do so.  more>>


January 4, 2019

Virginia Department of Health Reopens Portion of Back River to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that the remaining portion of the Back River closed to shellfish harvesting on December 21 due to a sewage spill was reopened effective Friday January 4, 2019. The VDH Division of Shellfish Sanitation has monitored water and shellfish samples in the river since the spill occurred, and sample results confirm that the area is now safe to reopen for harvesting. more>>


2018 News Releases