Officers of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation were deployed to Little Neck Bay on the evening of May 30. Their investigation led to one arrest for harvesting shellfish in uncertified waters.
The Economic Conservation Officers seized harvesting tools, buckets and bags, as well as six bushels containing about 1,100 oysters that were eventually returned to the bay, the DEC said.
Officers charged one male suspect with misdemeanor illegal commercialization and placing rakes in uncertified waters, as well as harvesting shellfish in uncertified waters, according to the department’s office of media relations. The office would not release the offender’s name.