Red Tide Poisoning Closes Some Parts Of Coast 

Elevated levels of red tide poisoning has forced the closure of much of Maine’s coastline to the harvesting of certain types of shellfish. Dr. Doras Anne Mills, the Execut”For more than 30 years we didn’t see any red tide poisoning in people,” says Dr. Doras Anne Mills, the Executive Director of the Miane CDC, “but the last two years we have had 2 confirmed incidents and both of them involved people harvesting mussels or clams for their own personal use.”The toxin that cause red tide poisoning tends to accumulate in warm and well lit waters such as the surface of the ocean. In the past areas that were contaminated were physically posted, but thats not the case anymore. “If your harvesting shellfish yourself for personal use make sure to check the department of marine resources website ( to see if those clam flats or mussel beds are opened or closed.”Another important thing to remember is, some shellfish, for the most part are safe to eat, such as lobster, crabs, and scallops. People should not be afraid to buy shellfish that is already being sold.”The main thing is this is a great time of year to enjoy Maine seafood including shellfish and you can enjoy it,” says Mills, “just make sure to buy from a certified dealer because those shellfish are routinely and intensely monitored.”