National Fisherman

Ipswich — Maine is currently conducting an experiment to control green crabs and try to protect clam beds from the green crab predator — an experiment that ultimately could help the clamming industry in Ipswich, which the green crab also threatens.
The traps — made by Frazier Trap Co., Waldoboro, Maine — are being used in the Harraseeket River and on mudflats along the river.
The trapping began last week of May and will continue through November, testing which control method works best.
Read the full story at Ipswich Chronicle>>

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