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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The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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