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This growing area borders three counties, Ocean County to the north, Burlington County to the northwest, and Atlantic County to the south and is made up of the waters of Great Bay and the Mullica River. There are many tributaries that feed into this growing area, such as Roundabout Creek, Ballanger Creek, Big Graveling Creek, Nacote Creek, Bass River, Wading River, Big and Little Sheepshead Creek, Jimmies Creek, Little Thorofare, Motts Creek and Oyster Creek. This growing area includes 17,932 acres of marine waters. The following municipalities are adjacent to this growing area: Galloway Township, Port Republic City, Egg Harbor City, Mullica Township, Bass River Township and Little Egg Harbor Township.

Status: Currently, 72.8% of this growing area is Approved for shellfish harvest year round, 3.6% is classified as Conditionally Approved (Nov.); open for shellfish harvest November through April, 0.1% is classified as Conditionally Approved (Jan.); open for shellfish harvest January through April, 21.3% is classified as Restricted; no harvesting for direct market is allowed in Restricted waters and in 2.2% of this growing area shellfish harvest is Prohibited.

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