Maine reopens some coastline for shellfishing after bloom
Posted October 14
CALAIS, Maine — Parts of the Maine coast have been reopened to shellfishing because levels of a potentially dangerous biotoxin have declined.
The biotoxin was produced by an unusual algae bloom. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2dPLcl0 ) reports the state has reopened some of the coastline between Calais and Cutler for the harvesting of clams, mussels and carnivorous snails. Clamming will also be allowed on a portion of the coast between Isle Au Haut and Winter Harbor.
Shellfishing on much of the state's Downeast coast is still restricted because of the algae bloom, which produces a toxin that can cause amnesic shellfish poisoning in humans.
The state announced the reopenings on Thursday. It's not yet known if harvesting bans will be removed from other areas soon.