Learning from Low Tides

Now that our first cohort of overwintering clams is in the Shellfish Resilience Lab's saltwater tank, we are learning how to maintain the lab's systems. Some of what we are learning may be unique to the Gouldsboro lab, but some of it is knowledge that other towns might use if they decide to raise and overwinter clams. This post shares some of what we've learned from the cold days and low tides this January and February.

Clam Recruitment – 2021 Results

Gouldsboro's shellfish committee places recruitment boxes along the shore to gather data about recruitment density. Identifying the bays and coves where recruitment is strongest is important when deciding where to focus restoration efforts. On December 17th we opened up the recruitment boxes that had been sitting out on mudflats during summer and fall. Opening up the boxes is kind of exciting. What will we find?

Gouldsboro Contracts with FB Environmental for Shore and Storm Expertise

The Shore and Storm project will identify where Gouldsboro is vulnerable to severe damage and disruption from sea-level rise, storms, and storm surge. Much of that work depends on information from residents. But we also need assistance from hydrologists and other experts who can use maps and projections from the Maine Geological Survey to identify future trouble spots. Gouldsboro has contracted with FB Environmental for that expertise.