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Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal
Relay is the process by which shellfish are transferred from closed waters, where harvesting is prohibited, into approved waters, where the shellfish will purge contaminants from their tissues and eventually become safe for human consumption. In some states, management authorities permit harvest of relayed shellfish after just a few weeks, but in Rhode Island the shellfish must remain in approved waters for one year. This Article examines the justifications for this long requirement-consumerfatcat:occhp2wef5egtlipux2m7qk4pi