Volunteers sought for clam survey

Published on Thu, Apr 30, 2009
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Volunteers sought for clam survey

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee is looking for volunteers to help survey clams along the shoreline of Birch Point from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

The committee is looking for volunteers ready to dig holes in the sand, identify and count clams, and tuck them back in their beds.

In many Whatcom County shoreline areas, native clams may serve as indicator species, improving understanding of the health of shellfish, water quality impacts, and harvesting impacts.

Information from past surveys has been helpful in comparing clam species and populations from a number of locations along Whatcom County shorelines.

Data collected from clam surveys has also indicated prime habitat for clam enhancement in Birch Bay, one of the most popular recreational shellfish harvesting areas in Washington state.

Results from previous year’s clam surveys and more about the MRC can be found on the web at www.whatcom-mrc.wsu.edu/mrc.

The event will include training on how to conduct the survey and identify clams.

Registration is required. For more information, contact Sylvia Graham at 360/676-6876 or sgraham@co.whatcom.wa.us.