Shellfish Disaster Assistance Sought 

Maine’s congressional delegation is asking that a fisheries disaster be declared for the state’s shellfish industry to help with losses from this summer’s clam flat closures due to red tide.A declaration would free up disaster assistance funds for the shellfish industry.Much of the Maine coast was shut down to shellfish harvesting during the summer because of outbreaks of toxic algae blooms, putting hundreds of clam diggers out of work.