Marine resources group seeks volunteers

Published on Thu, May 22, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Marine resources group seeks volunteers

By Tara Nelson

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will be coordinating a survey of clams along the shorelines of Birch Point on Saturday, June 7, and is looking for volunteers ready to dig holes in the sand, identify and count clams, and tuck them back in their beds.

Clam restoration subcommittee chair Gerald Larson said in many Whatcom County shoreline areas, native clams serve as indicator species, improving understanding of the health of shellfish, water quality impacts, and harvesting impacts. Volunteers are crucial to enhancement of shellfish and other marine resources.

“We need to work together to keep the clam beds productive for future generations,” Larson said.

The Whatcom County marine resource committee is one of seven committees in the Northwest Straits region of Washington state that was created in 1998 by a federal initiative to protect and enhance the local marine environment.

The survey will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m., at Cottonwood Beach and the mouth of Terrell Creek. Subsequent clam surveys are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Semiahmoo and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at Birch Bay. Volunteers will be given a brief training session on how to conduct the survey and identify clams. Registration is required.

For more information, contact Atina Casas at Whatcom County Public Works at 360/676-6876. For more information about how to volunteer, go to the Clam Survey Volunteers section of the Action Items/Get Involved page at www.birchbayinfo.org