Beginning in May 2014 and 2015, we initiated a study in Wells (Webhannet River) and in Portland (Fore River) to examine the interactive effects of tidal height and predator exclusion on the fate and growth of wild and cultured soft-shell clams.
Funding for the study in 2014 came from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via the Maine Department of Environmental Protection through a grant written by Beth Bisson (Maine Sea Grant). Funds were administered through the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership. In 2015, the study was funded by the University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Institute.
Numerous people from the Wells Reserve, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the Waynflete School, and AmeriCorps all pitched in to help. The photos below give a small sampling of the effort this type of project takes. Kristin Wilson (Wells Reserve) kindly provided the photos except the last one. You can read the Final Report from 2014 here. The Final Report from 2015 is here.
Read the Final Report.