Rain shuts down shellfish digging



COURTESY OF DMR

COURTESY OF DMR

ELLSWORTH — The rainstorm that severely damaged many Maine roads also had an impact on the state’s waters.

Shortly before 9 Thursday morning, the Department of Marine Resources closed the entire coast, from the Maine-New Hampshire border to the Canadian border, to harvesting any clams, quahogs, oysters, or mussels from the shores, flats and state waters. The closure will stay in force until further notice.

DMR automatically imposes the coast-wide closure when more than 2 inches of rain falls on the state within a 24-hour period.

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