Clam counters wanted for survey

Published on Thu, Jul 31, 2008
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Clam counters wanted for survey

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will be coordinating a survey of clams along the shorelines of Birch Bay on Saturday, August 2, 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.

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

The survey will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 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 Melissa Roberts 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