Shellfish constable Paul Bagnall oversaw the opening of Oyster Pond and Edgartown Great Pond to the sea on Wednesday, but Thursday's unfavorable wind and surf conspired to close both openings.

Mr. Bagnall said he may try to make the cuts sometime in January if he is presented with a good opportunity; otherwise, he will wait until March. "Now I will take a good look at it," said Mr. Bagnall, "and keep an eye on the weather."