Maine DMR: Shellfish Ban Expands To Blue Hill Bay
by Stephen Rappaport, Mount Desert Islander
Posted: 2017-09-27 15:34:25 EST

BROOKLIN — The Department of Marine Resources announced on Saturday that all of Blue Hill Bay north of a line between Naskeag Point in Brooklin and Lopaus Point in Tremont would be closed to shellfish harvesting indefinitely because of the risk of amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP).

On Monday night, Swans Island was added to the closure.

These additions expand the extent of the areas previously closed by the DMR and specifically ban the harvest or possession of clams, mussels, oysters and carnivorous snails (whelks) taken from Blue Hill Bay.

The closed area includes the Salt Pond in Blue Hill, Morgan Bay in Blue Hill and Surry, and Western Bay between Trenton and the northwest shore of Mount Desert Island, as well as the wider waters of Blue Hill Bay.

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