Shellfish and the profession of clamming is an important part of Maine’s culture, economy, and food supply. The Maine Clammers Association represents professional shellfish harvesters up and down the coast of Maine. We were formed to give a voice to our marine resources and the people that rely on them – resources that have been taken for granted in the past.

Clammers serve an important role as health indicators for our local coastal habitat, as working clammers signify a clean and healthy marine ecosystem. Clammers reliance on clean water has made them into the front line soldiers in the fight to preserve Maine’s coastal water quality in the face of climate change, shoreline development, and aging infrastructure.

The Maine Clammers Association works to modernize the shellfish industry by adapting to current ecological conditions and promotes a stewardship ethic amongst harvesters and the general public. We do this by conducting scientific research; educating clammers, local and state managers, and residents; and strengthening coastal communities. The Maine Clammers Association encourages investment in the resource- a new approach to managing our marine resources.

The Clam Whistler: Maine Clammers Association Newsletter
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Green Crab Invasion

Invasive European Green crabs are literally eating away at Maine’s marine resources.

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2017 Freeport Clam Recruitment Study

2017 Freeport Clam Recruitment Study

As part of the Downeast Institute’s applied marine research in Freeport, Dr. Brian Beal continues to work with the Maine...

Maine Clammers Association hosts Ocean Discovery Days In Freeport with DEI

Maine Clammers Association hosts Ocean Discovery Days In Freeport with DEI

The Maine Clammers Association, along with the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education, are hosting Ocean Discovery Day...

Questions to DMR About the Proposed Harvesting Restrictions in New Meadows

Questions to DMR About the Proposed Harvesting Restrictions in New Meadows

DMR has proposed new fishing restrictions on harvesting quahogs in New Meadows Lake which would limit harvesting by closing the...

Incredible Numbers of Juvenile Clams Found Inside Clam Impoundments That Were Protected from Predators

Incredible Numbers of Juvenile Clams Found Inside Clam Impoundments That Were Protected from Predators

Discovery is Further Proof that Green Crab Predation is the Primary Cause of the Massive Declines in Commercially Valuable Soft-shell...

Green crabs are not gone!

Green crabs are not gone!

It’s interesting that fishermen, including clammers, have been telling us things like, “green crabs are gone” or, “we don’t have...

Can green crabs be WHITE?

Can green crabs be WHITE?

Despite its name, the European green crab occasionally is not green. Juvenile green crabs especially have a high variation in...

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