Maine Red Tide and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline
1-800-232-4733 or 207-624-7727
See Bacterial (Pollution, Flood) Closures and PSP (Red Tide) Closures for more detailed information and maps.
Current hotline text
"This message was last updated on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM.
The DMR announces the following:
Area No. 9, Sampson Cove to Fortunes Rocks (Kennebunkport and Biddeford). This notice reclassifies the Baston River (Kennebunkport) from Restricted to Prohibited due to water quality no longer meeting Restricted standards.
Area No. 10, Saco River and Saco Bay (Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach): This notice reclassifies a portion of The Pool (Biddeford) from Approved to Restricted due to water quality no longer meeting approved standards.
Area No17-B, Harpswell Neck, Harpswell. This notice reclassifies Merriman Cove from Approved to Restricted due to water quality no longer meeting approved standards.
Area No. 27, Upper St. George River and Tributaries (Warren to St. George). This notice extends the southern boundary of the existing rainfall Conditionally Approved area due to water quality no longer meeting approved standards.
Area No 28, Marshall Point to Clark Cove (St. George). This notice reclassifies an unnamed cove north of Clark Point in Wheeler Bay (St George) and an unnamed cove south of Mosquito Harbor (St George) from Approved to Restricted due to water quality no longer meeting the approved standards.
Area No. 34-C, Vinalhaven: This notice reclassifies a portion of Carter Cove from Approved to Restricted due to water quality no longer meeting the approved standard. This notice reclassifies Smith Harbor, Smith Cove and an unnamed cove in Mill River from Approved to Conditionally Approved based on seasonal non-point source pollution.
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 currently no closures for softshell clams, surf (hen) clams or oysters.
2 – Mussels and Carnivorous Snails (52309):
There are currently no closures for mussels or carnivorous snails.
3 – Ocean Quahogs or Hard Clams (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.
EXCEPTIONS: 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 the southern tip of Howard Point (Machiasport) then running true south to the limits of US jurisdiction. Ocean quahogs may also be harvested east of a line beginning at the southwestern tip of Cross Island (Cutler) running true south to the limits of the Three Nautical Mile Line and west of a line beginning at the eastern tip of Cape Wash (Cutler) then running true south to the limits of the Three Nautical Mile Line. Ocean quahogs may not be harvested from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise. There is also an exception to allow wet storage of ocean quahogs by certified and permitted dealers.
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 is no flood closure at this time.
Rainfall, 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 Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
There are no closed conditional areas at this time. "