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Maine Bacterial Closures: Shellfish Pollution Area Inventory

During normal business hours, CONTACT: Kohl Kanwit, Phone: 207-633-9535

During nights/weekends/holidays, CONTACT: appropriate State Police barracks and they will put you in touch with Marine Patrol
         From New Hampshire border to Brunswick, barracks 1-800-228-0857
         From Cushing/Boothbay to Lincolnville/Belfast area, barracks 1-800-452-4664
         From Belfast to Canadian border, barracks 1-800-432-7381

See the bottom of this page for instructions, warnings, disclaimer, and related information.

Refer to the map located at the end of the link's document to view closures

      Statewide Closures
There are no conditional area closures at this time 01/09/15

There is no flood closure at this time

Lobster Pounds Maine/New Hampshire border to Maine/Canadian border (lobster pounds and other pounding areas, entire Maine Coast)

     Growing Area Bacterial Closures 

Area No. 1       Piscataqua River (Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick)

Area No. 2-A    Portsmouth Harbor and vicinity (Kittery) and Isle of Shoals

Area No. 3       Sisters Point (Kittery) to East Point (York)

Area No. 4       East Point to Bald Head Cliff (York)

Area No. 5       Bald Head Cliff (York) to Israels Head (Ogunquit)

Area No. 6       Ogunquit River to Webhannet River (Ogunquit and Wells)

Area No. 7       Little River to Cape Arundel (Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport)

Area No. 8       Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport)

Area No. 9       Sampson Cove to Fortunes Rocks (Kennebunkport and Biddeford)

Area No. 10     Saco River and Saco Bay (Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach)

Area No. 11     Scarborough River

Area No. 12     Spurwink River, Prout’s Neck, Cape Elizabeth (Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth)

Area No. 13     Western Casco Bay and Islands (Cape Elizabeth to Falmouth)

Area No. 14      Royal River, Cousins River, and vicinity (Cumberland to Freeport)

Area No. 15      Harraseeket River and vicinity (Freeport)

Area No. 16      Maquoit Bay and Middle Bay (Freeport, Brunswick and Harpswell)

Area No. 17-A   Upper Harpswell Neck and Long Reach (Brunswick to Harpswell)

Area No. 17-B   Harpswell Neck (Harpswell)

Area No. 17-C   Bailey Island, Orrs Island, and nearby southwest Sebascodegan Is (Harpswell)

Area No. 18      Quahog Bay, Hen Cove, Ridley Cove (Harpswell)

Area No. 19-A   Upper New Meadows River (Bath to Harpswell)

Area No. 19-B   Middle New Meadows River (West Bath, Harpswell, Phippsburg)

Area No. 19-C   Lower New Meadows River (Harpswell to Phippsburg)

Area No. 20      Kennebec River and Tributaries

Area No. 21-A   Upper Sheepscot River and Tributaries (Wiscasset, Alna, Newcastle)

Area No. 21-B    Sheepscot River (Wiscasset, Westport Island, Edgecomb)

Area No. 21-C    Back River and Montsweag Bay (Woolwich, Wiscasset, Westport Island)

Area No. 21-D    Sheepscot River (Westport Island, Edgecomb, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor)

Area No. 21-E    Hockomock Bay to Robinhood Cove (Woolwich to Georgetown)

Area No. 21-F    Lower Sheepscot River and Sheepscot Bay (Georgetown, Southport)

Area No. 22       Booth Bay and vicinity (Southport, Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay)

Area No. 23-A    Upper Damariscotta River (Newcastle, Nobleboro, Damariscotta)

Area No. 23-C    Lower Damariscotta River (Boothbay, South Bristol)

Area No. 24-A    Johns River and Pemaquid River (South Bristol and Bristol)

Area No. 24-B    Johns Bay  (South Bristol and Bristol)

Area No. 25-C   Western Muscongus Bay  (Bristol and Bremen)

Area No. 26       Medomak River,Waldoboro,Bremen,and Friendship

Area No. 1010-P Limited Purpose Aquaculture License KON-12

Area No. 26-A    Monhegan Island

Area No. 26-B    Martin Point, Friendship to Gay Island, Cushing

Area No.27        Upper St. George River and Tributaries (Warren to St.George)

Area No. 27-A    Eastern Wheeler Bay, St. George 

Area No. 27-B    Lower St. George River (Cushing and St. George)

Area No. 27-C    Port Clyde and the St. George Islands, St George and Cushing

Area No. 28       Marshall Point to Clark Cove (St. George) 

Area No. 28-A    Weskeag River (South Thomaston and Owls Head)

Area No. 1010-H Limited Purpose Aquaculture License HAM-3

Area No. 28-B    Patten Point, St. George to Thorndike Point, South Thomaston

Area No. 28-C    Rackliff Island, St. George

Area No. 29       Rockland (Rockland Harbor, Broad & Deep Coves)

Area No. 29-A    Otter Point to Owls Head (Owl's Head) 

Area No. 29-B   Matinicus Island

Area No. 29-C   Metinic, Large Green and Little Green Islands

Area No. 30       Rockport Area

Area No. 30-I    North Haven Island

Area No. 31-A   Rockport to Northport

Area No. 31-B   Spruce Head to Kelleys Cove, Northport

Area No. 32      Belfast Bay

Area No. 33      Searsport to Stockton Springs

Area No. 34-C   Vinalhaven

Area No. 35      Penobscot River (Stockton Springs to Castine)

Area No. 36      Bagaduce River and Harborside (Castine, Penobscot, Brooksville)

Area No. 36-A   Northern Bay, Town of Penobscot

Area No. 36-B   Upper Bagaduce River (Brooksville-Sedgwick)

Area No. 36-F    Isleboro

Area No. 37       Condon Point to "The Herricks" Village and Orcutt Harbor (Brooksville)

Area No. 38      Deer Isle, Stonington, and Merchants Row

Area No. 38-B   Benjamin River and Center Harbor (Sedgwick and Brooklin)

Area No. 39      Blue Hill Harbor and vicinity (Brooklin, Sedgwick, Blue Hill)

Area No. 39-C   Herrick Bay and Eastern Flye Point (Brooklin)

Area No. 40      Northern Morgan Bay (Surry), Union River Bay, Patten Bay and Heath Brook (Surry, Ellsworth, Trenton), Goose Cove (Trenton)

Area No. 42      Western Shore of Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert and Tremont

Area No. 42-B   Swan's Island, Frenchboro, and vicinity (Swan's Island)

Area No. 44     Southern Mount Desert Island and vicinity (Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, and Cranberry Isles)

Area No. 47      Northern Mount Desert Island and vicinity (Bar Harbor and Trenton)

Area No. 49-A   Jellison Cove, Hancock

Area No. 49-B   Skillings River, Lamoine-Hancock

Area No. 50      Sorrento and Sullivan Harbor (Sullivan)

Area No. 50-B   Egypt Bay, West Brook, Mill Brook, Springer Creek, Card Mill-Johnny's Brook (Franklin)

Area No. 51      Winter Harbor and Grindstone Neck (Winter Harbor)

Area No. 51-C   Bunker Cove, South Gouldsboro 

Area No. 52       Schoodic Point to Corea, Winter Harbor-Gouldsboro

Area No. 52-E    Dyer Bay and Pigeon Hill Bay (Steuben)

Area No. 52-G    Joy Bay (Gouldsboro-Steuben)

Area No. 53       Narraguagus River and vicinity to Harrington River (Cherryfield, Milbridge, Harrington)

Area No. 53-A    Pleasant River (Addison and Harrington)

Area No. 53-H    Mash Harbor, Addison 

Area No. 54       Moosabec Reach (Jonesport), Kelly Pt. (Jonesport), North End of Beals Island (Beals), Alley Bay-Pig Island Gut (Beals) and Station Harbor (Beals)

Area No. 54-B    Indian and West Rivers, (Addison-Jonesport)

Area No. 54-D   West Branch of Little Kennebec Bay (Machias) 

Area No. 54-H   Chandler River to Roque Island (Jonesport, Jonesboro, Roque Bluffs) 

Area No. 55       Machias Bay and vicinity (Machias, East Machias, Machiasport)

Area No. 55-A    Holmes Bay (Whiting and Cutler)

Area No. 55-B    Southwestern Machias Bay (Machiasport)

Area No. 55-D   Little Machias Bay to Haycock Harbor (Cutler to Trescott Twp)

Area No. 56       Northwestern Cobscook Bay (Edmunds Twp, Dennysville, Pembroke, Perry)

Area No. 57      Whiting Bay (Edmunds Twp, Trescott Twp)

Area No. 58       Lubec

Area No. 59      Outer Cobscook Bay (Eastport and Perry)  

Area No. 62       St. Croix River (Calais, Robbinson, Perry)


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  • PSP (Red Tide) closures are not included in the inventory above!!
  • Some Pollution Areas contain conditional area classifications. These areas open and close depending on various conditions which effect pollution levels, such as waste water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, marinas, rainfall or season. You may also check the hotline at 1-800-232-4733 to see whether or not the area is open or closed. Be advised that the best information comes from your local Marine Patrol Officer, local shellfish warden, or your local Marine Patrol office.
  • This website was last updated on January 22, 2015.


  • The Department of Marine Resources makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current. Neither the State of Maine, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Maine warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published on this website, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of the information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk. Information on this site should not be relied upon for legal purposes.
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