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Maine PSP (Red Tide) Closures: Shellfish Biotoxin Area Inventory

During normal business hours, CONTACT: Kohl Kanwit, Phone: 207-633-9535

During weekends/holidays, CONTACT: appropriate State Police barracks
From New Hampshire border to Brunswick, barracks 1-800-228-0857
From Cushing/Boothbay to Lincolnville/Belfast area, barracks 1-800-452-4664
From Belfast to Canadian border, barracks 1-800-432-7381

Select this link for an information page about red tide: Maine DMR: Red Tide, or Harmful Algal Blooms.

PSP (Red Tide) Closed Areas as of April 1, 2014
Legal Notices and Maps in PDF file format

See below for instructions, warnings, disclaimer, and related information.

* Means some species may not be included in the entire closure area; please open the link and read the legal notice and map for complete details. Refer to the map located at the end of the link's document to view closures.

Area Number
Name of Closure
Effective Date
Species Banned
South Berwick to Pemaquid Point (Bristol) -Repealed
Pemaquid Point (Bristol) to Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington - Repealed
Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Point of Maine (Machiasport)-Repealed
Point of Maine (Machiasport) to Calais - Repealed
ME/NH Border to Schoodic Point (Winter Harbor)
Schoodic Point (Winter Harbor) to the Canadian Border
Maine Coast
Whole scallops and scallop viscera
Maine Coast
Whelk species
(see notice description)


  • To view the legal notices and the accompanying closure maps, select the Area Number above.
  • To open the PDF files, you will need Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher.  Download the free Adobe Reader software here.  Contact Kohl Kanwit if you need an alternate format.
  • Species Banned abbreviations:
    M   = Mussels
    EO = European Oysters
    CS = Carnivorous Snails
    C   = Soft-shell clams (Mya arenaria)
    AO = American Oysters
    BQ = Bay Quahogs (Mercenaria mercenaria)
    SC = Surf (Hen) Clams
    OQ = Ocean Quahogs (Arctica islandica)
    W  = Whelks


  • Bacterial closures are not included in the list above!
  • If this website has not been updated you may check the hotline at 1-800-232-4733 to see whether or not an area is open or closed. Be advised that the best information comes from your local Marine Patrol Officer, local shellfish warden, or your local Marine Patrol office.
  • This website was last updated April 1, 2014
  • This website is generally only updated during normal business hours.


  • The Department of Marine Resources makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current. Neither the State of Maine, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Maine warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published on this website, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of the information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk. Information on this site should not be relied upon for legal purposes.
  • Contact Kathleen Brosnan for a certified copy.

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