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Clams and Mudflats Research
January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Commercial and recreational clammers have a vested interest in the hands-on research of Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology and Director of the Marine Field Station at U. Maine Machias. On Thursday, January 11 at 7 pm in Watts Hall, Thomaston, Brian will report on the contents of 30 clam “recruitment” boxes that were placed on mudflats of the Weskeag and Georges Rivers in 2017.
Fifteen boxes were on mudflats under conservation by the Georges River Land Trust, and the rest were hosted by private owners. The boxes were pulled in October and clams the size of a fingernail were counted and catalogued by Brian and his students. Green crabs and worms were also seen in the mud. This fascinating research will add to our understanding clams and their future in the river mudflats that are so important to local fishermen. We’ve posted additional information about Dr. Beal’s project on what affects clam productivity on the mudflats.