Quahog (clam), Photo/NEB

Quahog (clam), Photo/NEB

Boston Globe: When Andrew Rencurrel finally fills his cargo hold and heads home after days raking the bottom of the sea, the captain of the large trawler makes a call that triggers a series of emails alerting state and federal officials, local labs, and dozens of others closely monitoring his lucrative haul.

Over the past 5 years, federal officials have allowed the Sea Watcher 1 to scoop up millions of pounds of clams from the bountiful waters of Georges Bank, something fishermen throughout the region have been banned from doing for more than 2 decades because of concerns about food poisoning.

Read more about Clamming on Georges Bank.

Related Article: Shellfisheries Reopen at Georges Bank (March, 2013)

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