The Shrewsbury River is located in northern Monmouth County. Tidal waters enter the Shrewsbury River Basin via Sandy Hook Bay. The Shrewsbury River connects to the Navesink River via a narrow channel (see map). There are numerous small creeks off of the Shrewsbury River including Little Silver Creek, Parkers Creek, Oceanport Creek, and Branchport Creek. Seven municipalities surround the Shrewsbury River; they are Rumson Borough, Little Silver Borough, Shrewsbury Borough, Oceanport Borough, Long Branch City, Monmouth Beach Borough, and Sea Bright Borough (see map). It total, the Shrewsbury River drains an area of 27 square miles.
Status: The approximate size of this shellfish growing area is 2,200 acres. Shellfish classifications in this growing area include Conditionally Approved (Nov.-Apr.) (13% of growing area), Restricted (81% of growing area), and Prohibited (6% of growing area). There are no Approved waters in this growing area. The Restricted classification means that it is prohibited to harvest shellfish from these waters to direct market; a special permit must be issued to be in compliance with N.J.A.C. The Conditionally Approved (Nov.-Apr.) waters are open for harvest from November 1st to April 30th, and closed for harvest from May 1st to October 31st of each year.
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