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Red Tide hits Maine coast

The Portland Press Herald is reporting that Red Tide blooms are hitting the Maine coast with a frightening intensity this Summer:

Levels of the toxin are the highest in more than 30 years and are reminiscent of New England’s worst-ever red tide, in 1972. That bloom also turned coastal waters reddish-brown and poisoned wildlife – effects so rare in Maine since, that current state officials and clam diggers say they have never experienced them.

Apparently, even the green stuff in Lobsters is something to avoid. Not that most of us would eat that stuff anyway (yech!).

Plan on going clamming? Check the Maine Department of Marine Resources page for PSP closures.

I wonder how this news will impact the Yarmouth Clam Festival?

Eric Holsinger
an outdoorsy husband/father living in Southern Maine. Eric began sharing his outdoor interests in the late 1990's and founded in 2001. Eric is also an amateur photographer. His photography can be found at

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