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Mouth of Penobscot River Closed to Lobstering for 2 Years Due to Mercury Concerns
05/16/2014 12:25 PM ET  

A spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources says the closure of the seven-square-mile area will allow for a two-year study. The spokesman says officials will monitor the area, determine if the closure area needs to be expanded, and whether the closure will be lengthened beyond two years.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine officials say a temporary closure of the mouth of the Penobscot River to lobster and crab fishing because of mercury contamination risk has become permanent.

A spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources says the closure of the seven-square-mile area will allow for a two-year study. The spokesman says officials will monitor the area, determine if the closure area needs to be expanded, and whether the closure will be lengthened beyond two years.

A temporary closure began on Feb. 22. The area is located near Wilson Point in Castine and Cape Jellison in Stockton Springs. The closure became permanent on Wednesday.

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