Toxic algae has already prompted curbs on shellfish harvesting and more red tide could still blow in.
But the state’s intensive monitoring effort has kept more Downeast clam diggers working.
Maine is using a federally funded network of buoys to detect blooms of red tideto serve as an early warning system.
It’s also using $143,000 in federal disaster aid from the 2005 red tide bloom to triple the size of its monitoring staff.
12 people can now visit the state’s harbors and bays,to collect samples of clams and mussels for testing.