Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing through Friday, August 3 due to recent heavy rainfall. The pond will reopen to shellfishing on Friday at 7 a.m.

The pond closure is marked by red flags flying by the Big and Little Bridges.

The closures do not apply to boaters or swimmers.

The brief shellfishing moratorium not unexpected. In a plan announced in May, Edgartown shellfish constable Paul Bagnall said the pond would remain open to shellfishing through June without conditions. However, from July through October, the pond will be closed intermittently depending on rainfall amounts.

The state checks rainfall amounts at the pond each day.