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It's that time of year again. Although it didn't reach us last year until June (here), the red tide has spread from Maine to Massachusetts rendering some of my favorite foods toxic.

Red tide has spread from central Maine to Gloucester, making it unsafe to harvest soft-shell clams or mussels from those coastal waters and potentially signaling the onset of a business-damaging season, state officials say.

The single-celled algae carries toxins that concentrate over time in shellfish, making them poisonous, even lethal. Red tide often occurs in late spring and summer, when the algae grow rapidly. Crabs, lobsters, fish, and shrimp are not affected.

Such bad timing too, because I'm planning on doing a day trip out to Gloucester or Rockport this upcoming weekend to get some seafood and do some kayaking (hopefully the weather warms up a bit). That's ok though, we'll just have to avoid the clams and mussels and eat a whole lot more lobster. Yum.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.

Update 6/13/08
Boston Harbor is now closed due to the spreading Red Tide. This years outbreak is considered the worst since 2005. Click (here) for the Globe article.



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1 Response to "Red Tide Reaches Massachusetts - 2008"

  1. Beantown Bloggery Said,

    6/13/08 Update on the Red Tide situation.

    Posted on 6/13/08, 10:37 AM

     
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