went down to bear cove today thinking i would get a few steamers.
not much luck, the beaches where i had done well in years past were nearly devoid of live legal clams, and what is more alarming is there were no small clams.
for 2 hours i got a couple dozen steamers and some butters. a few years ago it would have been a bucket of steamers and i wouldn't even take the butters.
recently this has been the story from quite a few places in the bay... a few adult clams, no juveniles, and LOTS of deaders... even when i was digging at least 75% of the clams i found properly oriented in the substrate were mudders.
there are a few places where i know that freshwater inundation has caused die-offs, but places like bear cove and kasitsna bay that have historically been good spots are no longer, and it's not the otters, or the commercial diggers, it is a lack of recruitment of new clams.
a friend who was researching this said that they were finding a new clam species occupying the steamer niche, not an invasive, but a small species that is not big enough to eat. i will try and find out some more, today was pretty alarming...