Maine Biotoxin and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline

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

This message was last updated on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:15 AM.

Conditional Area Closure Notice:  This notification resets conditional areas No. 11, 14, 15, 16, 21-C, 21-D, 21-E, and 27 due to greater than 1 inch of rainfall in 24 hours.  Conditional areas No. 21-C and 21-E will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, NOVEMBER 18, 2018.  Conditional areas No. 11, 14, 15, 16, 21-D, and 27 will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, NOVEMBER 23, 2018.

Area No. 100-A; this notice implements a precautionary closure for all clam species and American oysters in Quahog Bay (Harpswell), Harraseeket River (Freeport), and Recompense Bay/Little River (Freeport) EFFECTIVE 00:01 HRS NOVEMBER 10, 2018 due to an increased risk of contamination by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (ASP) and eliminates Exception Areas 100-A-14 and 100-A-07 in Casco Bay.  This notice also temporarily repeals the clam and American oyster closure in Middle Bay (Brunswick/Harpswell).  The closure in Middle Bay will be reinstated EFFECTIVE 00:01 HRS, NOVEMBER 12, 2018. There is no map available for this notice.  Notification will be provided when a map becomes available.

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: 667-3373.
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, 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 due to the risk of contamination of European oysters by naturally occurring marine biotoxin.  All clams and American oysters are closed due to the risk of contamination by naturally occurring marine biotoxins from Stockbridge Point (Freeport) to Mere Point (Brunswick) and Quahog Bay (Harpswell). All clams and American oysters are closed due to the risk of contamination by naturally occurring marine biotoxins from Mere Point (Brunswick) to Basin Point (Harpswell) will be closed effective 00:01 Hours November 12, 2018.

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport and Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais is closed due to the risk of contamination of European oysters and surf/hen clams by naturally occurring marine biotoxin.

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; Area No. 100-B, Bristol to Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington are closed due to the risk of contamination of mussels and carnivorous snails by naturally occurring marine biotoxin.

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

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: east of Cape Split (Addison); AND west of Great Head (Cutler).

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):

The following list includes changes to the conditional areas which are currently closed for shellfish harvesting. This notice was last updated on November 10, 2018.

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, November 11, 2018.

Area No. 26: areas (C.1 and C.2) 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 EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, November 16, 2018.

Area No. 21-C: area (B.) Sheepscot River, Woolwich, Westport, Wiscasset.

Area No. 21-E: area (C.) Hockomock Bay, Georgetown, Westport.

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, November 23, 2018.

Area No. 11: areas (C. and D.) in the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers, Scarborough.

Area No. 14: area (D.) in the Cousins River, Yarmouth.

Area No. 15: area (B.) in the Harraseeket River, Freeport.

Area No. 16: area (B.) in Maquoit Bay, Brunswick.

Area No. 21-D: area (C.) in Cross River, Boothbay.

Area No. 27: area (C.) on the St George River.

The following area will close due to greater than 11 feet tides EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, NOVEMBER 25, 2018 AND WILL REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, DECEMBER 1, 2018

Area No. 27: Area (C.) on the St. George River

There are no tides above 11 feet in October. 

The following areas are closed due to a CSO or bypass eventThe areas will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, NOVEMBER 23, 2018. 

Area No. 55: Area D.1 and D.2 - Machias WWTP

The following areas are closed due to a CSO or bypass event.  The areas will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS, NOVEMBER 28, 2018. 

Area No. 10: Area B – Biddeford Pool WWTP