Maine Biotoxin and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline

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

This message was last updated on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 9:08 AM.

Area No. 100-A; this notice creates a clam closure in the Johns/Pemaquid River area due to the risk of naturally occurring marine biotoxins (PSP/red tide).

Area No. 100-B; this notice adds an American oyster closure to the Bristol/Bremen and Medomak River area due to the risk of naturally occurring marine biotoxins (PSP/red tide).

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 Pemaquid is closed due to the risk of contamination of European oysters, Razor Clams and Surf/Hen Clams including Arctic Surf Clams by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP). Prouts Neck (Scarborough) to Dyer Point (Cape Elizabeth); Quahog Bay (Harpswell) to Phippsburg and the Johns and Pemaquid Rivers in Bristol/South Bristol are closed due to the risk of contamination of clams by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP). The areas from York to Biddeford Pool; Scarborough to Phippsburg and East Boothbay to Bristol (Excluding the upper Damariscotta river) are closed due to the risk of contamination of American Oysters by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).

Area No. 100-B, American oysters are closed from Pemaquid Point (Bristol) to Martin Point (Friendship)

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 European oysters and surf/hen clams by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).

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 Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington are closed due to the risk of contamination of mussels and carnivorous snails 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 due to the risk of contamination of mussels by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).
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):
Outer Frenchmen’s Bay

Rainfall, Tide, Sewage Treatment Plant and River Discharge Conditional Areas (52305):
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, JUNE 25, 2019.
Area No. 11: areas (C. and D.) in the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers, Scarborough.
Area No. 15: area (B.) in the Harraseeket River, Freeport.

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, JUNE 20, 2019.
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, JUNE 22, 2019.
Area No. 27: area (C.) on the St George River.
Area No. 30-I: area (C.) North Haven Salt Pond.