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This excellent article at the Bangor Daily News tells all about the hardships the current clam bed closures are causing in theGulf of Maine. More at: http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/109962.html
They are banned from harvesting mahogany clams.Maine’s Department of Marine Resources on Thursday closed all of Cobscook Bay and much of the Down East coast due to historic levels of toxic red tide algae. Areas south of there already were closed.
Red tide algae occurs naturally in the waters off the coast of New England and elsewhere along the East Coast. But during large blooms, shellfish can accumulate potentially toxic levels of red tide while filter feeding. The resulting sickness, known as paralytic shellfish poisoning, can cause serious illness or death in humans who consume shellfish with toxic levels of red tide.