Faculty Advisor

Gibson, Daniel G

Center

Worcester, MA

Abstract

We studied the impact of razor clam fishing by "salting." Findings: 1. Concentrated salt solution for extracting clams has no lasting effect on salinity. 2. Concentrated salt solution instantly kills ciliary pumping by gills. 3. There are 30+ licensed razor clammers in S. Orleans, up 1000% since 2000. 4. Each clammer takes 300-800 pounds/day (no limit) 5. Beds can be fished twice before essentially depopulated 6. Horseshoe crab food supply is diminished but total impact is unknown.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2005

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Center

Worcester, MA

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