Maine’s Clam Harvest: What is Being Done to Improve the Health of Maine’s Clam Population?

Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio

Sept. 12, 2019

There has been a troubling decline in recent years of Maine’s clam harvest attributed to pollution, predation, warming waters and competition. Maine collects more soft-shell clams than any other state, so the losses in this industry are significant. We’ll learn about why this is occurring and what clammers and researchers are doing to reverse the trend.


  • Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine; Faculty Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
  • Glen Melvin, longtime clam harvester and member of the Waldoboro Shellfish Committee and ME Shellfish Advisory Council
  • Marissa McMahan, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Manomet
  • Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology, Director of the Marine Science Field Station, University of Maine at Machias
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