The lowly quahog will be the official shellfish of Massachusetts if a bill making its way through the Statehouse becomes law.
New Hampshire authorities say concerns about “red tide” have led to the closing of Atlantic coastal waters and the Hampton and Seabrook Harbor to shellfishing.
Health officials are warning consumers not to eat shellfish from a marsh between Orleans and Eastham on Cape Cod because it may contain a dangerous nerve poison.
Oysters, clams and other shellfish could soon be taking their place next to tomatoes, sweet corn, blueberries and other more typical offerings at farmers markets in Massachusetts.
Scientists are predicting a “moderate” bloom of the toxic red tide in New England this summer, and say the same factors that held it in check last year could suppress it again. The naturally-occurring algae produces a toxin that shellfish absorb, making them unsafe for people to eat, though it’s not a danger to the animal.
WBZ’s Neil Chayet digs his claws into a case of rock lobsters.