Red Tide Study 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $121,000 in emergency research funding aimed at learning more about the red tide outbreak that has shut down most of Maine’s clam flats.N.O.A.A. said on Thursday that the money will go to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in partnership with the University of Maine for research cruises to monitor the toxins that taint clams and mussels, making them unsafe for people to eat.The information will help resource managers determine how long red tide conditions may stick around and if there are places where it’s receding or expanding.N.O.A.A. says this summer’s red tide outbreak has shut down most of the coast of Maine and New Hampshire coasts and parts of Massachusetts’ coast to shellfish harvesting.