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Maine Red Tide and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline

1-800-232-4733 or 207-624-7727

Bacterial Closures Inventory  PSP (Red Tide) Closures Inventory

See Bacterial (Pollution, Flood) Closures and PSP (Red Tide) Closures for more detailed information and maps.

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1-800-232-4733
207-624-7727

"This message was last updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

The DMR announces the following:

Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais; This notice repeals the clam and carnivorous snail closure in the Bar Harbor area of Cobscook Bay and reinstates the mussel exception area 64-B-04 due to biotoxin levels declining below regulatory limits.

 Area No. 55, Machias, Machiasport and Machias River; This notification reopens Sanborn Cove, Conditional Area C. due to water quality and shellfish meats returning to approved standards. Conditional Area E. remains closed.

Area No. 27, Upper St. George River and Tributaries (Warren to St. George): This notice reclassifies Montgomery Cove (Cushing) from conditionally approved to prohibited due to point source pollution from shoreline survey investigations.

Automatic – Main Menu (52302; console phone only 10152302 then 1)

This system is provided to allow public access to recent changes in shellfish closures.

Details on closures can be obtained from the Bureau of Marine Patrol:

* Division I: N.H. border to the western shore of the St. George River: 633-9595.

* Division II: the eastern shore of the St. George River to the Canadian Border: 667-3373.

To access red tide closures, press 1; flood closure information, press 2; conditional areas press 3.

Press 9 to repeat these menu options.

Red Tide Closures (52303; console phone only 10152303 then 1)

Red tide closures are organized by species; for Soft Shell Clams, Oysters and Surf or Hen Clams, press 1; Mussels and Carnivorous Snails, press 2; Ocean Quahogs or Hard Clams, press 3; Whelks, press 4

Press 9 to repeat these menu options. Press 0 to return to the main menu.

1 – Soft Shell Clams, Surf or Hen Clams, and Oysters (52308):

Area No. 100-A, South Berwick to Bristol and Area No. 100-B Bristol to Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington are closed to the harvest of European oysters and surf/hen clams due to the risk of contamination of bivalve shellfish by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport and Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais are closed to the harvest of European oysters due to the risk of contamination of bivalve shellfish by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).

Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais; there is a closure for all species of clams west of the U.S./Canadian border; AND south of a line beginning at the southern tip of Shackford Head (Eastport), then running west to the northern tip of Gove Point (Lubec); AND northeast of a line running from the end of Shag Rock Rd. (Trescott) to the limit of Maine territorial waters.

Species specific Exception Areas are defined in the text and are subject to strict sampling requirements that ensure the safety of harvested product. Bivalve shellfish may be wet stored by certified dealers who are located in an exception area and currently hold a valid wet storage permit issued by the Department in accordance with DMR Regulations 15.32 to 15.35.

2 – Mussels and Carnivorous Snails (52309):

Area No. 100-A, South Berwick to Bristol and Area No. 100-B, Bristol to Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington are closed to the harvest of mussels and carnivorous snails due to the risk of contamination of bivalve shellfish by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport and Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais are closed to the harvest of carnivorous snails west of the U.S./Canadian border; AND east of a line from Birch Point (Perry) running south to the western most tip of land on Seward Neck (Lubec); AND northeast of a line running from the end of Shag Rock Rd. (Trescott) to the limit of Maine territorial waters.

Species specific Exception Areas are defined in the text and are subject to strict sampling requirements that ensure the safety of harvested product. Bivalve shellfish may be wet stored by certified dealers who are located in an exception area and currently hold a valid wet storage permit issued by the Department in accordance with DMR Regulations 15.32 to 15.35.

3 – Ocean Quahogs (52310):

There are two closures for the harvest of ocean quahogs. The first closure extends from the Maine-New Hampshire border to Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, and seaward to the limits of U.S. jurisdiction. The second closure extends from Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor to the Canadian border, and seaward to the limits of U.S. jurisdiction.

There are no exception areas at this time.

4 - Whelks (52311):

All Maine flats and waters located between the New Hampshire boundary and the Canadian boundary out to the jurisdiction of the United States are closed for the taking of whelks.

There is one EXCEPTION to this rule. The common Northern whelk (also known as the waved whelk) and the Stimpson’s whelk can be harvested in the waters of the State of Maine, except where there is a PSP closure in place for carnivorous snails.

Flood Closures (52304):

There is no flood closure at this time.

Rainfall, Sewage Treatment Plant and River Discharge Conditional Areas (52305):

Area No. 55, Machias, Machiasport and Machias River; This notification reopens Sanborn Cove, Conditional Area C. due to water quality and shellfish meats returning to approved standards. Conditional Area E. remains closed.

The following areas are closed due to greater than one inch of rainfall in a twenty-four hour period and will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, AUGUST 11, 2014.

Area No. 11, Scarborough River: rainfall conditional areas (B. and C.) on the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers.

Area No. 16, Maquoit Bay and Middle Bay (Freeport, Brunswick, and Harpswell): rainfall conditional area (B.) in Maquoit Bay.

Area No. 19-A, Upper New Meadows River (Bath to Harpswell): rainfall conditional areas (C.1 and C.2) in Mill Cove and Long Cove.

Area No. 21-D, Sheepscot River (Westport Island, Edgecomb, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor): rainfall conditional area (C.) in Cross River.

The following areas are closed due to greater than one inch of rainfall in a twenty-four hour period and will REOPEN EFFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, AUGUST 6, 2014.

Area No. 26, Medomak River (Waldoboro, Bremen, and Friendship): rainfall conditional areas (C.1, C.2 and C.3) on the Medomak River.

The following areas are closed due to greater than one inch of rainfall in a twenty-four hour period and will REOPEN EFFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, AUGUST 10, 2014.

Area No. 15, Harraseeket River and vicinity (Freeport): rainfall conditional area (B) on the Harraseeket River.

The following areas are closed due to greater than one inch of rainfall in a twenty-four hour period and will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, JULY 30, 2014.

Area No. 30-I, North Haven: rainfall conditional area (C.) in the Salt Pond.