No oysters on the half shell this week

With the Noctiluca bloom turning the water of the harbor orange to brown, and with the air perfumed with a salty reek I haven’t been tempted to dig clams or gather oysters. But in other spots around the Sound, where the water remains clear, I bet shellfish are on the menu.

Here’s something I didn’t know – hot weather like we’re having now (90’s and up) allows some of the naturally occurring shellfish toxins to thrive, so the State Health Dept has issued an advisory about how to cook oysters and other mollusks.

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