Delaware closes bay to shell fishing due to sewage spill

Delaware has closed its Delaware Bay waters to shellfishing for three weeks because of a sewage spill.

DelawareOnline said thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater flooded the St. Jones River, which empties into the bay, when repair of a force main in Kent County caused an overflow at a pump station.

Though this is not prime shellfishing season, Delware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on Tuesday halted harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels from its waters for 21 days.

New Jersey has not closed its waters to shellfishing.