Conflict between clammers, wormers comes to a head in Brunswick

In the past year, Brunswick Harbor Master Dan Devereaux has seen something he hasn’t found in a while in the mud flats off Thomas Point Beach. A whole lot of clams. When Devereaux reported those numbers to the town’s marine resource committee in the spring, they quickly moved to close the flats as a shellfish growing area. The closing and reopening of Brunswick’s shellfish growing area highlights a long-brewing conflict between clammers and marine worm harvesters. Clam harvesters are regulated by local shellfish ordinances; a town conducts surveys of clam stocks, and distributes licenses based on that number. , on the other hand, falls under state regulation by the DMR. And according to Devereaux, “they’re virtually unregulated.” Read the rest here 09:55

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