Casco Bay Clammers Gird Beds Against Green Crabs

Maine Students Join Battle Against Green Crabs
A young green crab, photo Wikipedia.

The Portland Press Herald reports that biologists and Casco Bay clammers are concerned that the mild winter may spark an increase in the number of invasive green crabs, which have devastated Maine’s soft-shell clam fishery in recent years. Clam landings in the communities of Freeport, Harpswell and Brunswick plummeted to historic lows in 2015, and the scarcity of soft-shell clams contributed to all-time high prices. Fears over a green crab invasion have clam diggers and scientists stepping up efforts to defend clam beds with boxes and nets.

Read more about the soft-shell clams being predated by green crabs in Casco Bay.