Marine Resources Committee
- 4 p.m.
- The third Wednesday of every month
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Shellfish Area Closures
Before clamming in any area in Bar Harbor you should check to make sure the area is open. Potential shellfish closures are as listed:
These state sites are important to check so that you can verify that there are no long-term or short-term local closures due to red tides, rain, or other activities that could contaminate shellfish. To check for these in Bar Harbor you can also call the Bar Harbor Harbormaster at 288-5571.
To get more general information on water quality in Maine, you can check out these websites:
Maine Healthy Beaches
Maine Healthy Beaches is a volunteer monitoring program that measures for potential fecal contamination in water and serves as an advisory for swimming. Data on beaches in the Bar Harbor region are available online.
Several projects have been done on marine resources in Bar Harbor with support from researchers and students at College of the Atlantic and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
- Community-based eelgrass (Zostera marina) restoration in Frenchman Bay by Jane Disney and George Kidder. A 2010 Mount Desert Island Biological Bulletin paper on an eelgrass restoration project initially funded by a Gulf of Maine Council grant written by the marine resource committee.
- Do current recruitment enhancement methods increase juvenile soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria) recruitment in an intertidal clam flat? is a 2009 report that was part of a College of the Atlantic student senior project by Sarah Drerup.
- Resource management in a small Maine town: monitoring, conserving, and managing clam flats in Bar Harboris a 2007 report that was the basis of a College of the Atlantic student senior project by Kipp Quinby.
- Clam surveys and management in Bar Harbor is a 2003 report by College of the Atlantic students Kipp Quinby and Nina Therkildsen.
Hadley PointThis poster is posted at the signboard at Hadley Point in Bar Harbor and was designed by the Marine Resources Committee with help from Maine Sea Grant.
Any questions about obtaining a shellfish license can be answered on the shellfish and clamming page.