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Maine Red Tide and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline

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

Bacterial Closures Inventory  PSP (Red Tide) Closures Inventory

See Bacterial (Pollution, Flood) Closures and PSP (Red Tide) Closures for more detailed information and maps.

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

"This message was last updated on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:15pm

The DMR announces the following:

Area No. 500, Maine Coast Flood Closure: This notification expands the closure to include the entire coast of Maine.

Conditional Area Notice: This notice resets the reopening dates for the rainfall conditional areas in Areas No. 11, 14, 15, 16, 21-D, 26, 27 AND 30-I due to additional rainfall meeting or exceeding 1 inch in 24 hours and resets the closure date for the conditional area in Area No. 55 due to a CSO event at the Machias Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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: N.H. border to the western shore of the St. George River: 633-9595.

* Division II: the eastern shore of the St. George River to the Canadian Border: 667-3373.

To access red tide closures, press 1; flood closure information, press 2; conditional areas press 3.

Press 9 to repeat these menu options.

Red Tide Closures (52303; console phone only 10152303 then 1)

Red tide 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):

There are no biotoxin closures at this time.

2 – Mussels and Carnivorous Snails (52309):

There are no biotoxin closures at this time.

3 – Ocean Quahogs (52310):

There are two closures for the harvest of ocean quahogs. The first closure extends from the Maine-New Hampshire border to Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, and seaward to the limits of U.S. jurisdiction. The second closure extends from Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor to the Canadian border, and seaward to the limits of U.S. jurisdiction.

EXCEPTION: Ocean quahogs may be harvested east of a line beginning at the south tip of Schoodic Point (Winter Harbor) running true south to the limits of US jurisdiction; AND west of a line beginning at the eastern tip of Western Head (Cutler) then running south to the limits of US jurisdiction. Ocean quahogs may not be harvested from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise.

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):

Area No. 500, Maine Coast Flood Closure: This notification expands the closure to include the entire coast of Maine.

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 list was updated on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Rainfall Conditional Closures
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 6, 2014.
Area No. 11: areas (B. and C.) on the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers.
Area No. 14: area (D) in the Cousins River.
Area No. 15: area (B) on the Harraseeket River.
Area No. 16: area (B.) in Maquoit Bay.
Area No. 21-D: area (C.) in Cross River.
Area No. 30-I, area (C.) in the North Haven Salt Pond

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 1, 2014.
Area No. 26: areas (C.1, C.2 and C.3) on the Medomak River
Area No. 27: area (C.) on the St George River

Waste Water Treatment Plant Conditional Closures:
Area No. 55: areas C., D. and E.

Tide Height Conditional Closures:
Area No. 27: Conditional Area C. WILL CLOSE EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS on the following dates and will re-open based on sampling that shows water quality returning to approved standards.
NOVEMBER: Wednesday, November 5, 2014"