Maine Biotoxin and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline

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

This message was last updated on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

Area No. 14, Royal River, Cousins River, and vicinity (Falmouth to Freeport): This notice reclassifies portions of the upper Cousins River and Pratt’s Brook from Restricted and Prohibited to Conditionally Approved based on the performance of the Yarmouth Wastewater Treatment Plant and/or when rainfall meets or exceeds 1” in 24 hours  due to water quality meeting approved standards under these conditions.  An interactive map that allows the user to zoom in to specific areas can be found on the ME DMR website: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/shellfish-sanitation-management/maps/index.html.

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 Berwick to Pemaquid is closed due to the risk of contamination of Surf/Hen Clams including Arctic Surf Clams.

Area No. 100-B, There are no closures at this time.

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport are closed for European oysters and Razor Clams and Surf/Hen Clams including Arctic Surf Clams.

Area No. 64-B, All shellfish are closed from Moose River (Trescott) to East of Little Machias Bay (Cutler) Except for American Oysters and Softshell clams.

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 and carnivorous snails 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: 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):
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 30, 2019.

Area No. 21-C: area (B.1.) in the Sheepscot River, Woolwich/Wiscasset/Westport

Area No. 21-E: area (C.) in the Sheepscot River, Woolwich/Georgetown/Westport

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, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019.

Area No. 11: areas (C.1., C.2., C.3. and C.4.) in the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers, Scarborough

Area No. 14: areas (D.1. and F.1.) in the Cousins River, Yarmouth

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

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