Maine Biotoxin and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline

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

This message was last updated on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM.

Area No. 100-B; this notice adds razor clams to the exception area in Penobscot Bay.

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: Maine/NH Border to Belfast: 633-9595.
* Division II: Searsport to the Canadian Border: 664-2392.
To access biotoxin closures, press 1; flood closure information, press 2; conditional areas press 3.
Press 9 to repeat these menu options.

Biotoxin Closures (52303; console phone only 10152303 then 1)

Biotoxin closures are organized by species; for Soft Shell Clams, Oysters and Surf or Hen Clams, Arctic Surf Clams, Razor 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, Arctic Surf Clams, Razor Clams and Oysters (52308):

Area No. 100-A, South Berwick to Bristol, Area No. 100-B, Bristol to Stonington, Area No. 64-A Stockton Springs to Machiasport and Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais are closed due to the risk of contamination of surf/hen clams, razor clams, and European oysters by naturally occurring marine biotoxins.  

Species specific Exception Areas are defined in the text of the closure notices and are subject to strict sampling requirements that ensure the safety of harvested product. For Exception Area definitions please refer to the individual closure notices. 

2 – Mussels and Carnivorous Snails (52309): 

Area No. 100-A, South Berwick to Bristol, and Area No. 100-B, Bristol to Stonington are closed due to the risk of contamination of mussels and carnivorous snails by naturally occurring marine biotoxins.

Area No. 64-A Stockton Springs to Machiasport, and Area 64-B, Machiasport to Calais are closed due to the risk of contamination of mussels by naturally occurring marine biotoxins.

Species specific Exception Areas are defined in the text of the closure notices and are subject to strict sampling requirements that ensure the safety of harvested product. For Exception Area definitions please refer to the individual closure notices.

3 – Ocean Quahogs (52310):

It shall be unlawful to dig, take or possess any ocean quahogs (Arctica islandica), taken from Maine coastal waters and those offshore waters of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ/200 mile limit) between the ME/NH border AND the US/Canada border.

EXCEPTION: Cape Split (Addison) to Great Head (Cutler). For Exception Area definitions please refer to the individual closure notice. 

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 are no closures at this time.

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

There are no closures at this time.