FREEPORT, Maine (NECN) -- Maine's clam industry is in trouble,
and now a scientist is hoping to come up with some answers and solutions.
Brian Beal, a marine ecologist from the University of Maine was out on the clam flats in Freeport Thursday with student clammers. They are beginning a comprehensive survey
to see how many clams are there and how many have been lost
to the predatory green crab.
Green crabs have long been a threat to clams, but scientists believe warmer water temperatures have lead to a spike in numbers.
"I see a lot more flats where green crab activity is occuring, this is the center of green crab activity," said Beal.
Green crabs eat smaller clams that would be ready to harvest in a year or two. In addition to the clam survey, Beal also
plans to conduct experiments to figure out how to reduce the
green crab population.