Red tide season may have ended — Business — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
Maine’s red tide season appears to have ended almost as quickly as it began.
And although it is too early to say for sure, one red tide researcher said this year’s abbreviated season could be an indication that Arctic melting due to climate change is already altering red tide trends in the Gulf of Maine.
After a sudden spike in numbers in late June and early July, the algae that cause red tide have largely dissipated in most Maine coastal waters, although some areas remain closed to certain types of shellfish harvesting.
The abbreviated season — if sustained — will likely come as welcome news to a shellfish industry that has been hit hard by harvesting restrictions in recent years. Consuming shellfish harvested from areas affected by red tide can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, a potentially fatal disorder.