The Virginia Department of Health Division of Shellfish Safety announced today that portions of Back Creek, Poquoson River, York River and Chesapeake Bay and their tributaries in York County and City of Poquoson is temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting due to a release of sewage impacting water quality in this tributary. Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from the area affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption. The temporary emergency closure is effective Friday September 18, 2020, and is scheduled to reopen effective Friday October 9, 2020.
A map and report of the affected area is posted on the Division of Shellfish Safety's home page at www.vdh.virginia.gov/Shellfish/. The affected shellfish are bivalve mollusks including oysters and clams, but not crabs or finfish.
Fishing Pier remains open but to no more than 10 people at a time. Please practice rules of social distancing by remaining at least six feet apart.
The County has public boat launching facilities located at Back Creek Park in Dandy, Old Wormley Creek Landing near Marlbank, and the Rodgers A. Smith Boat Landing in Tabb.
York County has public boat launching facilities located at the following locations: