Shellfish closures

BAR HARBOR — Shores, flats and waters around Mount Desert Island and much of the state’s coastline were closed to clam, mussel, oyster and quahog harvesting Sunday due to pollution from heavy rainfall. Details and a map of the closed area are available. All existing pollution and red-tide closures remain in effect.

At press time, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) had not yet announced the end date of the emergency closure. Contact the DMR during business hours or State Police at other times for more information.

Run off from storm drains, illegal septic systems and overburdened municipal sewers can cause a spike in harmful bacteria counts following major storms.

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