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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 Tuesday,  April 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

The DMR announces the following:

Area No. 20, Kennebec River and Tributaries: This notice establishes new river stage conditionally approved areas, reclassifies the Outer Mill Pond (B.) from conditionally approved to restricted due to water quality no longer meeting approved standards. All river stage conditional areas (C.1., C.2., C.3., and D.) will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS APRIL 24th, 2014.

Area No. 11, Scarborough River: This notice reopens the rainfall conditional areas on the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers due to water quality meeting approved standards.

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 Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Area No. 20, Kennebec River and Tributaries: This notice establishes new river stage conditionally approved areas, reclassifies the Outer Mill Pond (B.) from conditionally approved to restricted due to water quality no longer meeting approved standards. All river stage conditional areas (C.1., C.2., C.3., and D.) will REOPEN EFFECTIVE 00:01 HOURS APRIL 24th, 2014.

Area No. 11, Scarborough River:This notice reopens the rainfall conditional areas on the Nonesuch and Scarborough Rivers due to water quality meeting approved standards.

Area No. 55, Machias Bay and vicinity (Machias, East Machias, Machiasport). This notice resets the closure to the Randall Point Flats and Sanborn Cove Conditionally Approved areas and the Sanborn Cove Conditionally Restricted areas due to a CSO event at the waste water treatment plant."