Clams and Mussels Recalled for Biotoxin

Posted on October 4, 2016 by

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This posting below is in part from the Maine’s Department of Marine Resources

Area No. 64-A, Stockton Springs/Deer Isle/Stonington to Machiasport; this notice closes clam harvest from Otter Point (Bar Harbor) to Point of Maine (Machiasport) and eliminates the mussel exception areas in Gouldsboro Bay and Jonesport due to the risk of naturally occurring marine biotoxin (ASP). All existing pollution and biotoxin closures remain in effect.

The boundary descriptions of the area are as follows:

Effective immediately, because of naturally occurring marine biotoxins, it shall be unlawful to dig, take or possess any mussels, European oysters (Ostrea edulis) or surf/hen clams (Spisula solidissima) from the shores, flats and waters of the following areas:

East of a line beginning at the southernmost point of Cape Jellison (Stockton Springs), then running south to the westernmost tip of Resolution Island (Deer Isle), then running south to the northeastern tip of Compass Island (Deer Isle), then running southeast to the southern tip of Bald Island, then running southeast to the southwestern tip of Barred Island (Stonington), then running south to the eastern tip of Saddleback Ledge (Vinalhaven), then running south to the limit of U.S. jurisdiction, AND west of a line drawn south from Point of Maine (Machiasport) to the limit of U.S. jurisdiction.

B.Effective immediately, because of naturally occurring marine biotoxins, it shall be unlawful to dig, take or possess any clams from the shores, flats and waters of the following areas:

West of a line drawn south from Point of Maine (Machiasport) to the limit of U.S. jurisdiction; AND east of a line beginning at the southern tip of Otter Point running south to the limit of U.S. jurisdiction ; AND south of a line beginning at the boat ramp in downtown Bar Harbor, then running northeast to the north tip of Sheep Porcupine Island and northeast to the north tip of Burnt Porcupine Island and northeast to the southern shore of Bunkers Cove (South Gouldsboro).

If you have questions, please contact Department of Marine Resources, 194 McKown Point Road, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575 – 0008, Tel: (207) 633 – 9500. Email: DMRPublicHealthDiv@maine.gov.

During weekends/holidays, contact on duty Marine Patrol Officers through the 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. This notice can be viewed on the Department’s website at:

http://www.maine.gov/dmr/shellfish-sanitation-management/closures/pollution.html.


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