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The Central Barnegat Bay region is located in Ocean County and includes the waters of the Toms River, Cedar Creek and a large section of Barnegat Bay. There are many small tributaries that feed into the Toms River including Davenport’s Branch, Jake’s Branch, Union Branch and Wrangle Brook. This growing area includes almost 14,000 acres of marine waters. The Central Barnegat Bay growing area is bordered by the following municipalities: Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Island Heights, South Toms River, Beachwood, Pine Beach, Ocean Gate, Berkeley Township and Lacey Township.

Status: Currently, 67.5% of this growing area is Approved for shellfish harvest year round, 7.5% is classified as Conditionally Approved (Nov.); open for shellfish harvest November through April, 14.3% is classified as Restricted; no harvesting for direct market is allowed in Restricted waters and in 10.6% of this growing area shellfish harvest is Prohibited.

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