Red Tide Closing of Clam Beds on the North Shore
- MABMAQ Jun 6, 2014 07:29 AM
Red Tide shouldn't be a surprise, and has been happening with greater frequency over the past 10 years in this area.
The toxin levels appear to be pretty high this time, and a anticipated three week closing for harvesting will be pretty tough to swallow for those dependent on clamming.
A friend of mine who just started clamming out of Newburyport's Joppa Flats which just opened up the area to clamming last year after being closed down for the past 75 years or so, says that local places that serve local clams know this and plan accordingly during the summer months, and as Karl S mentioned, most calms served during the summer are coming from elsewhere.
For those of us who live here we can wait for the prices to come down to get our fix, but for those visiting and on vacation be prepared to pay.