ELLSWORTH – The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has closed down virtually all shellfish harvesting in Maine because of the torrential rains that fell earlier this week.
Because of the risk of pollution from runoff created by the storm, until further notice from DMR it is illegal to “dig, take or possess” clams, quahogs (hard shell clams,) oysters, or mussels from the shores, flats and waters in several areas:
— from Cape Neddick (York) to Cape Elizabeth east of a line beginning at the southern end of Nubble Point on Cape Neddick running south to the limits of Maine territorial waters and west of a line beginning at the Two Lights State Park on Cape Elizabeth running southwest to the limits of Maine territorial waters;
— in the New Meadows River, north of Mountain Road and north of a line beginning at the southern end of West Cundy Point in Harpswell running southeast to the northeastern point on West Point in Phippsburg; in Georgetown, east of a line beginning at the southern end of Indian Point and running south to the limits of Maine territorial waters;
–also, east of line beginning at the northern end of Flying Point in Georgetown running north across the mouth of the Sasanoa River and west of the US/Canadian Border.
DMR imposes these widespread closures occur for public health and safety reasons whenever areas in the state receive two inches of rain or more in a 24-hour period.