Red Tide Closures Could Have Severe Economic Impact 

This year’s spread of Red Tide could have a serious economic impact on Maine’s coastal communities.That word comes from Umaine researcher Kevin Athearn.He’s a professor of natural resource economics.He says just a one-week closure of harvesting soft-shell clams, mahogany quahogs and mussels would mean a nearly 3 million dollar loss to Maine’s economy…This year, though, red tide closures are expected to last much longer…possibly even months.Senator Olympia Snowe recently announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospherics Administration will dedicate $121,000 to research on the current outbreak.