Harvesters sought to help with shellfish survey, AP reports

The Associated Press reported the scientists at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center are looking for volunteers to help conduct a shellfish survey that aims to improve the management and conservation of clam flats and mussel beds. Current and previous shellfish license holders are sought to help with the July survey on the tidal flats of Damariscotta and Newcastle, according to the article. The goal of the survey, led by researcher Kara Pellowe, is to gather data about soft-shell clams and other shellfish that are harvested on the flats. Soft-shell clams are among the most popular seafood items in Maine, but the state’s harvest has dipped significantly in recent decades, the AP reported. UMaine says better data about the shellfish will lead to more effective management. The Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5), Morning Ag Clips, The Times Record, WGAN, San Francisco Chronicle and New Haven Register carried the AP report.