Shellfish were fair game early Friday morning and fishermen took the bays to harvest bushels of bay scallops after the Department of Environmental Conservation lifted shellfishing restrictions that were put in place after Hurricane Sandy.
The state had deemed area waterways hazardous for use as food after the storm hit.
Friday's lifting allowed scallop season to commence though a few days later than it was normally is set to start — the official opening was slated for Nov. 5.
Patch wants to know: Did you head to the waters to harvest shellfish after the DEC lifted restrictions? If so, share your experience in the comment section below or share photos of your harvest by uploading them to this post.