A Success Story for Fishermen, Regulators

Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson
Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

A recent editorial in the Boston Globe hails the resumption of clamming on a once-toxic section of Georges Bank as an example of how fishermen and regulators can work together to achieve mutual success.

The small section of Georges Bank was closed to surf clam and quahog shellfishing in 1990 because of toxic algae blooms, leaving untold millions of dollars of seafood on the ocean floor. But a five-year trial in which clammers used a safety testing kit developed by the Food and Drug Administration showed that the area could be safely harvested.

Read more about the return of clamming on Georges Bank.