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​Soft-shell Clam Population Decline Calls for Cooperation

Mainers likely have heard about the precipitous decline in soft-shell clam landings over the last five years. While the fishery remains the third most valuable fishery in the state at over $12 million, licenses have declined over the last several decades and landings are following suit.

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Inside the Notebook: Seeding Clams in Downeast Maine

When I interviewed Tim Sheehan last fall in Pembroke for our Oct. 19 story "Company seeks to build up clamming in Maine's poorest county," I was impressed by the many creative ways he and his wife, Amy, have been bringing innovation to a tradition-bound industry. So I wasn't surprised by the recent email I received from Tim telling me about a clam-seeding initiative he and some local clammers undertook in mid-April.

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Company Seeks to Build up Clamming in Maine's Poorest County

It's a crisp sunny morning in early October in the Washington County town of Pembroke and Tim Sheehan walks briskly across an empty parking lot to greet me. He'd been expecting good news about clam flats in northwestern Cobscook Bay being reopened, but instead of a parking lot full of diggers delivering clams to Gulf of Maine Inc., the seafood business on Route 1 he co-owns with his wife, Amy, there's just a quiet sunlit absence.

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