Green Crabs Threaten Clamming in Maine
May 29, 2013
Portland Press Herald: They lurk underfoot and in the shallows, waiting for the tide to take them to their prey.
Down by the thatch grass, dozens can be heard skittering and chittering in their nests.
In droves, they are conquering the clam flats, devouring soft-shell clams and taking a bite out of the livelihood of many in [Freeport, Maine].
Green crabs — a hungry, multiplying army of them — present an impending crisis for clammers and their multimillion-dollar fishery.
“They’re consuming everything in the environment, even plants,” said Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Association, whose group is preparing an all-out offensive against the species.
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