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Ancient Clam Gardens Provide Food Security
2014-03-21 11:45:42

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Clam Garden ] Simon Fraser University A three-year study of ancient clam gardens in the Pacific Northwest has led researchers, including three from Simon Fraser University, to make a discovery that could benefit coastal communities’ food production. PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed science journal, has just published their study. Amy Groesbeck, an SFU alumna, SFU professors Anne Salomon, an ecologist, and Dana Lepofsky, an archaeologist, and Kirsten...

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2008-12-03 08:25:11

With their sedentary lifestyles and filter-feeding habits, clams have been silent witnesses to the changes that humans have inflicted upon their waters. These clams are silent no more, as Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and her colleagues have reported in their recent paper in the prestigious journal Aquatic Biology. Using stable isotope techniques, Carmichael demonstrated it is possible to identify and trace wastewater inputs to estuaries and coastal food webs by...

2008-10-16 18:00:15

A U.S. ecologist says he's found a commercially valuable species of clam thriving in oxygen-depleted waters of a so-called "dead zone" off the East Coast. Andrew Altieri, a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University, discovered the population of quahog clams increased in hypoxic zones, defined as areas in which dissolved oxygen in the water has been depleted. He said he determined whether quahog clams have a natural capacity to survive in oxygen-starved waters, but their predators...

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2008-10-15 10:45:00

Coastal dead zones, an increasing concern to ecologists, the fishing industry and the public, may not be as devoid of life after all. A Brown scientist has found that dead zones do indeed support marine life, and that at least one commercially valuable clam actually benefits from oxygen-depleted waters. Andrew Altieri, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, studied dead zones in Narragansett Bay, one of the largest estuaries on...

2008-09-24 15:00:34

Danny Smith, the executive producer and head writer of Family Guy, an animated sitcom on Fox based in the fictitious town of Quahog, R.I., will speak at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Janikes Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To reserve, call (401) 232-6245. (c) 2008 Providence Journal. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-15 06:00:30

By Jennifer Smith, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 15--Clam harvests in the Great South Bay were in steep decline by the time brown tide arrived on Long Island in 1985, but this year's historically most widespread algae bloom has generated renewed concern and an unprecedented attempt to involve the federal government. Speaking yesterday at a Patchogue dock against a backdrop of water darkened by brown tide, Sen. Charles Schumer and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Brian Foley called on the...

2008-05-18 03:00:16

By Jennifer Smith, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. May 18--Brown tide, the algae that triggered the collapse of Long Island's scallop fishery, has reappeared in the Great South Bay for the first time since 2001 and spread farther west than ever before. The blooming algae has turned water from Patchogue to Massapequa Park a cloudy brown, Suffolk County health officials said. It has not been found farther east, nor in the Peconic or Shinnecock Bays. Aureococcus anophagefferens, the tiny...

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2007-12-31 18:00:00

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A Florida man was about halfway through a plate of steamed clams when he chomped down on something hard - a rare, iridescent purple pearl. George Brock and his wife, Leslie, had been spending a day at the beach Friday in South Florida and stopped at Dave's Last Resort & Raw Bar for a bite. Their find could be worth thousands. "Few are round and few are a lovely color, so this is rare," said gemologist Antoinette Matlins. "I think they have found something precious and...

2005-07-01 14:02:19

BOSTON (AP) -- Shellfish beds that closed because of an outbreak of toxic red tide algae were reopened in seven coastal communities Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend. State officials said recent tests show the algae bloom has receded and it is safe to fish and harvest certain species of shellfish in Duxbury, Plymouth, Kingston, Bourne, Wareham, Wellfleet and Chatham. The openings come more than a month after the worst red tide in 30 years began its spread through New England...

2005-06-03 07:05:22

BOSTON -- One of New England's worst "red tides" in decades continued its southward expansion this week, rounding Cape Cod and forcing the closure of some of the region's most prolific shellfish beds. The toxic algae bloom began in the waters off Maine last month and spread quickly. It had already shut down shellfish beds as far north as New Hampshire. On Thursday, Massachusetts officials closed the highly productive flats of the Monomoy Natural Wildlife Refuge, off Chatham, to...


Latest Hard clam Reference Libraries

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2008-04-30 23:02:22

The Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), also known as the quahog, is a bivalve mollusk native to the eastern shores of North America, from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatan Peninsula. Older sources may give it the systematic name Venus mercenaria. It is one of many unrelated bivalves referred to as clams. Hard clams are quite common throughout New England, north into Canada, and all down the Eastern seaboard of the United States to Florida, but are particularly abundant between Cape Cod and...

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