Much of the Massachusetts coast is now shut down to shellfishing. It is off-limits from New Hampshire to Hull, parts of Cape Cod Bay, and along the outer Cape.
The Division of Marine Fisheries decided to close more beds this week after scientists reported elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poison toxin, better known as red tide.
Many beds on the north shore were already closed in the wake of recent rains and floodwaters contaminated by sewage from a burst pipe in Haverhill. Red tide closed Bay State waters for eight weeks last year and the shell fishing industry is concerned about the season this year.
This program aired on May 19, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.