Warming Waters Threaten Southern ME Clams

Soft Shell Clam, photo courtesy http://www.capecodextension.org/Marine-Programs/Soft-Shell-Clams.html, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

The Forecaster: Small, green crabs are wreaking havoc along the Harraseeket River [in Maine], and could soon devour the soft-shell clam population into extinction.

As water temperatures continue to rise and the winters get warmer, experts and clammers say the crabs, which eat spat —clams in larval stage—combined with coastal acidification, could drive 1,800 licensed clammers out of work and drastically alter the ecosystem.

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