Fed. Disaster Declaration 

Federal officials have determined that the 2009 red tide outbreak in Maine resulted in a commercial fishery failure.The disaster declaration makes Maine shellfish harvesters eligible for disaster aid, but the incoming congress will have to approve funding assistance.Much of the Maine coast was shut down to shellfish harvesting between April and September of 2009 because of outbreaks of toxic algae blooms, forcing hundreds of clam diggers out of work.In October of 2009, Governor Baldacci asked that a fisheries disaster be declared for the state’s shellfish industry.