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May 18, 2009 10:21 AM

Foraging for shellfish in Maine?

Hey all!
I've been entertaining fantasies of digging for shellfish while my family is taking Memorial Day up in Maine (and combining said briny delights with fiddlehead ferns, ramps, rhubarb, and so on and so forth). We'll be staying the Camden-Rockland-Rockport area in a small cabin near the beach.

My questions are:
1) Are there any shellfish to actually look for?
2) Is it legal for non-residents to collect said deliciousness?
3) Where can one obtain a permit for foraging?

Thanks so much in advance!
Hooray for the holidays.

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  1. Hmmm... actually found out we'll be staying in Owl's Head....

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    1. re: sufunsified

      Firs, there is a toll free red tide number, phone it first before you harvest anything. Mussels can be harvested w/o license, clam licenses are regulated locally and depending on local regs can be bought at the town office. Offshore state islands need now license, but call the state first. I was on the clam committee on North Haven and used to have a professional license to keep the flats from being over harvested (and more for me)..