- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration says New England’s spring and summer red tide will be similar to the past three years.

Red tide is an algal bloom that produces a toxin that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. New England has experienced economic hardships due to red tide in some years. A large red tide event in 2005 caused $23 million in lost shellfish sales in Maine and Massachusetts. Maine also experienced a particularly bad year in 2008. Some clam flats were closed in the state due to red tide last year.

The agency is making the announcement based on the Gulf of Maine red tide seasonal forecast for 2015. The forecast is funded by NOAA and issued by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and North Carolina State University scientists.

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