Maine reopens some coastline for shellfishing after bloom

Posted October 14

— 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 ( ) 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.


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