Governor asks for Possible Shellfish Funding 

Catherine Pegram

Governor Baldacci is asking Maine’s congressional delegation to consider emergency aid to help the state’s shellfish industry.Officials at the Maine Department of Marine Resources think extensive red tide and flood closures may restrict harvesting for weeks.As of the end of last week, virtually the entire coastline was closed to the harvesting of shellfish.Normally, Maine’s shellfish industry contributes between $40 million and $50 million dollars to the economy each year.