National Fisherman

FREEPORT, Maine (NECN) -- Maine's clam industry is in trouble, and now a scientist is hoping to come up with some answers and solutions.

Brian Beal, a marine ecologist from the University of Maine was out on the clam flats in Freeport Thursday with student clammers. They are beginning a comprehensive survey
to see how many clams are there and how many have been lost
to the predatory green crab.

Green crabs have long been a threat to clams, but scientists believe warmer water temperatures have lead to a spike in numbers.
"I see a lot more flats where green crab activity is occuring, this is the center of green crab activity," said Beal.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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