Early this month, people from all along Maine’s coast gathered at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum to discuss the state of Maine’s fisheries. Mike Pinkham and I jumped on the opportunity to tell people what Gouldsboro has been doing in its Shellfish Resilience Lab, share our thinking, and get ideas and feedback. We share the presentation here with the same spirit and goals. We hope to bring you up-to-date, get your ideas, and encourage you to visit Bunkers Harbor to see what’s happening and share your thoughts.
Gouldsboro has a position open related to its shellfish and community resilience work. We have a full-time, summer position for a Shellfish Resilience Research Intern who will work with Shellfish Warden Mike Pinkham and Bill Zoellick, the Shellfish Lab project manager, to manage systems and gather data aimed at increasing clam growth rates and reducing green crab predation. The town will provide housing and a stipend.
Community Clam Dig
Readers have emailed us questions about the Community Clam Dig in Prospect Harbor at 3 PM next Sunday, October 9 that we featured in our most recent newsletter. This post answers those questions and extends an invitation to join us and learn more about what clam harvesters do and how you can dig your own clams.
Learn How to Dig Clams!
Gouldsboro Shore and the Gouldsboro Shellfish Committee invite the community clam digging demonstrations and lessons on Sunday, October 9, at 3:00 PM in Prospect Harbor. Whether you've dug your own clams for a while or have never been on the mud, this is an opportunity to learn from commercial diggers about how to spot where clams are and dig them.
Clam Research in Timber Cove
Timber Cove, located just west of Gouldsboro Point, is one of two research sites the Downeast Institute (DEI) is using to study Arctic surfclams. Over the last decade, DEI has been investigating whether Arctic surfclams might be a way to diversify the kinds of shellfish available to commercial and recreational clammers. They grow naturally in Maine's offshore waters, and DEI is developing and testing techniques for raising them on intertidal mudflats.
“Volunteers” in the Lines. CRUNCH Followed by WHOOSH!
Wednesday, 9/7, was a big day at the Shellfish Resilience Lab. Four of us (Chantal, Elin, Mike, and Pauline) went to the lab to do a routine tank cleaning. Cabot, the Lab Labrador, was there as well, "guarding" the loading dock for us. We figured it would take about an hour and a half with all of us experienced tank cleaners there. Not so, it turns out.
Nursery Trays are Floating
Last week, Mike Pinkham and I spent a few days constructing five nursery trays that our small seed clams would soon be placed in. A nursery tray is a rectangular wooden tray about 3-4 feet in length and width, and about 3 inches high. The bottom and top of each tray is made of a … Continue reading Nursery Trays are Floating
Two-Month-Old Clam Growth Update
In order for the clam lab to be cost effective, it is important that our clam population has a high survival rate as well as a typical growth rate. The good news is, most of our two-month-old clams have survived up to this point. The bad news is, their growth rate is significantly slower than … Continue reading Two-Month-Old Clam Growth Update
Reseeding the Mud Flats
Procedure Mike Pinkham, Ada Fisher, Noah Milsky, and Vicki Rea head out to the mud carrying materials for reseeding the flats. Collect your mud-ready clams and place them in regular 5-gallon buckets (no more than 5,000 clams per bucket) Gather other materials 14ft x 14ft netting Garden rake Stakes (4 stakes per netting) Mallet or … Continue reading Reseeding the Mud Flats
Governor Mills Pays a Visit
When we talk about the longer-term goals of the Gouldsboro Shore program, we use two taglines. One is "Keeping Gouldsboro's shore at the center of the community." The other is "Keeping ahead of coastal change." Governor Mills' visit yesterday helped us develop a deeper appreciation of what those taglines mean.