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Shell-fishing Ban Due to Red Tide May Be Lifted

A shell-fishing ban due to a Red Tide outbreak might soon be lifted as the harmful algae outbreak appears to be abating, according to state and local environmental officials.

In the meantime, shellfish beds remain closed on the Massachusetts shore, as they have been for a month, due to the worst Red Tide bloom since 1972.

The single-celled organisms that make up the bloom render shellfish inedible to humans, causing illness or even death if they're eaten.

Don Anderson, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, talks about what to expect for the long holiday weekend.

This program aired on July 1, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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