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Jack Heinlen
06-13-2005, 11:49 AM
We're in the midst the worst outbreak in at least thirty years, maybe ever according to Woods Hole. The clam and mussel fishery is closed from Schoodic Penninsula to Cape Cod, and 100 miles out to sea. Right at the peak of the clambake season too! I'm not much of a steamer fan, but I do like a fried belly-clam dinner at least once a summer. Looks like the traditional New England clam bake is gonna be a bit more expensive this summer, if available at all.

It's, apparently, due to the heavy rains of May which both washed more nutrients seaward and decreased coastal salinity. I've gotta wonder if they've become more common because of the last few decades of mindless coastal development.

[ 06-13-2005, 12:50 PM: Message edited by: Jack Heinlen ]

06-13-2005, 11:55 AM
Probably. The devlopment around the Great Lakes has really taken its toll. It seems like more and more beaches get closed each summer due to pollution, not to mention the problems with forgien species invasions.

06-13-2005, 12:43 PM
I was wind surfing on Lake Lansing last Friday. The zebra mussels are pretty painful on the tootsies! :eek:


06-13-2005, 01:01 PM
I wonder how hard it would be to harvest zebra mussles, grind them slightly (shell and all), dry them, and sell them as chicken feed.


Phillip Allen
06-13-2005, 02:18 PM
Call Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas

06-13-2005, 05:17 PM
I think there's still a few imbedded in my heel if you want to try. :eek:


[ 06-13-2005, 06:18 PM: Message edited by: Beowolf ]