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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 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM.

The DMR announces the following:

Areas No. 16, 19-A, 21-D and 30-I: This notice reopens rainfall conditional areas in Maquoit Bay (Brunswick), Mill and Long Cove (West Bath), Cross River (Edgecomb) and the Salt Pond (North Haven) due to special water sampling for conditional areas with 14 days closures that determined water quality had returned to approved standards. The Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers (Scarborough) remain closed.

Area No. 500, Maine Coast Flood Closure: This notification repeals the Maine coast flood closure due to water quality returning to approved standards.

Conditional Area Notice: Area No. 20: This sets the reopening dates for the Kennebec River Conditional Areas C.1, C.2 and C.3 due to river flow declining below its threshold (40,000 cfs). Area C.1 will reopen effective 00:01 hours August 25, 2014 and Areas C.2 and C.3 will reopen August 23, 2014. This notice also removes Area No. 14: area (D) in the Cousins River and Area No. 15: area (B) on the Harraseeket River from the automatic rainfall reopening list as they were also subject to waste water treatment bypass events and therefore must stay closed longer and require sampling to reopen.

Area No. 164-B, Schoodic Point (Winter Harbor) to the Canadian Border: This notice opens an addition exception area east of Shoppee Pt (Roque Bluffs) and west of Western Head (Cutler) for the harvest of ocean quahogs due to biotoxin levels declining below regulatory limits.

Area No. 100-A, South Berwick to Bristol; this notice removes the closure for surf/hen clams (Spisula solidissima) due to biotoxin levels declining below regulatory limits.

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):

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport and Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais are closed to the harvest of European oysters due to the risk of contamination of bivalve shellfish by naturally occurring marine biotoxin (red tide/PSP).

Species specific Exception Areas are defined in the text and are subject to strict sampling requirements that ensure the safety of harvested product. Bivalve shellfish may be wet stored by certified dealers who are located in an exception area and currently hold a valid wet storage permit issued by the Department in accordance with DMR Regulations 15.32 to 15.35.

2 – Mussels and Carnivorous Snails (52309):

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport and Area No. 64-B, Machiasport to Calais are closed to the harvest of mussels.

Species specific Exception Areas are defined in the text and are subject to strict sampling requirements that ensure the safety of harvested product. Bivalve shellfish may be wet stored by certified dealers who are located in an exception area and currently hold a valid wet storage permit issued by the Department in accordance with DMR Regulations 15.32 to 15.35.

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):

There is no flood closure at this time.

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 Thursday, August 21, 2014.

River Flow Conditional Closures:

Area No. 20: This sets the reopening dates for the Kennebec River Conditional Areas C.1, C.2 and C.3 due to river flow declining below its threshold (40,000 cfs) on August 16th. Area C.1 will reopen effective 00:01 hours August 25, 2014 and Areas C.2 and C.3 will reopen August 23, 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, AUGUST 23, 2014.

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

Area No. 11: areas (B. and C.) on the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers.

Waste Water Treatment Plant Conditional Closures:

Area No. 13: area D.
Area No. 14: areas C., D. and E. (flow and bypass)
Area No. 15: areas B., C., D.1, D.2 and D.3
Area No. 55: area E. remains closed.

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.

SEPTEMBER: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
OCTOBER: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
NOVEMBER: Wednesday, November 5, 2014"