Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee; Shellfish subcommittee members do final surveys for the 2010 Clam Tent Pilot Project on Lummi Island, Hales Passage, WA

For Results click here: 2010 Clam Tent Pre install Survey results

2010 Clam Tent Survey results

For more info contact: MRoberts@co.whatcom.wa.us

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Lummi Island Clam Tent Pilot Project

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Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee/ LIHT Tomorrow at 7 am Lummi Island’s MRC’s clam tents will be removed and we will help the Marine Resources Committee’s Shellfish sub-committee members survey the tent area and control area to see if there are more babies within the clam tents. We’ll let you know what we find out!

2010 Lummi Island Clam Tent:

2010 Clam Tent Pilot Project

The MRC/ Shellfish Subcommittee and WEC installed Little Neck Clam tents for a pilot project here on Lummi Island. One tent is located just north of the ferry terminal on public tidelands, and one on public tidelands near the end of Blizard Road. This pilot project aims to take advantage of naturally-produced clam larvae from any species that float in the water column prior to settlement into suitable habitat. If this pilot project proves successful, future clam tents will be considered for other locations. The tents were installed in April and will be removed in late summer. Beach Elementary School students assisted in pre-installation surveys to document what clams exist in the locations presently, and will also assist in future surveys to determine if clam recruitment was a success. Please notify us if you notice that one of the tents is damaged or needs attention. We will be checking the tents weekly. Please contact Melissa Roberts at 360-676-6876, or mroberts@co.whatcom.wa.us for more information or call Wanda to notify her of any attention needed to the tents.

2010 Clam Tents

Blizard Road End Clam Tent Location

Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee has lots of fun things happening this April.

Waterstudy continues.

Stay tuned!

Lummi Island Stormwater runoff.

Here below is a letter from the Whatcom County Resources Shellfish subcommitte’s ProjectLummi Island resident letter-1

March 30, 2010

Dear Lummi Island Resident:

Re:  Marine Resources Committee Clam Enhancement Projects

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was established in 1999 by the Whatcom County Council as a way for local citizens to participate and lead marine restoration and protection projects.  As part of the MRC’s clam enhancement work, we would like to engage you in an exciting pilot project that will be taking place in your neighborhood, and invite your participation.  The MRC plans to install two 3’x5’ clam tents along the eastern shoreline of Lummi Island.  One tent will be located just north of the ferry terminal on public tidelands, and one will be located on public tidelands near the end of Blizard Road.

Similar clam tents have been used successfully on the East Coast to enhance populations of softshell clams for both recreational and commercial harvest.  The goal of the MRC clam subcommittee is to enhance recreational opportunities for clam harvest along Whatcom County shorelines.  The design of these tents will consist of ¼” netting attached to the substrate with steel hooks in a 3’x5’ rectangle.  The netting will be slightly larger than the rectangle, and will have small floats underneath to allow it to be suspended at higher tides.  This non-rigid design is intended to reduce the likelihood of kayakers or other small boat users from running into the structure, and is intended to better absorb shock from floating debris or wood.  I have included an article describing various clam tent designs and information.  At low tide, these tents will be very low-profile and will only be noticeable by the small floats positioned beneath the netting.

This pilot project aims to take advantage of naturally-produced clam larvae of any species that float in the water column prior to settlement into suitable habitat.  This phase of the study will look at 1) the practicality of this clam tent design, and 2) the recruitment success of these tents.  If this pilot project proves successful, future clam tents will be considered for other locations.  These Lummi Island locations have been chosen for the pilot project as reasonably secluded locations with a lower chance of vandalism, and because there are known clam populations in the vicinity.  Assuming success, future tent locations will be determined at a later time.

The tents will be installed in early April and will be removed in late summer.  Beach Elementary School students will assist in pre-installation surveys to document what clams exist in the locations presently, and will also assist in future surveys to determine if clam recruitment was a success.

We are hoping you will be willing to notify us if you notice that one of the tents is damaged or needs attention.  Wanda Cucinotta, a Lummi Island resident and MRC clam subcommittee member, will check the tents weekly.  If you would be willing to notify us if you see anything amiss between her checks, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact me at 360-676-6876, or mroberts@co.whatcom.wa.us for more information about the MRC or clam tents in general, or call Wanda at 360-758-2272 or 360-220-3077 to notify her of any attention needed to the tents.

Sincerely,   Melissa Roberts

Whatcom County Public Works – Natural Resources

Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee

322 N. Commercial St., Ste. 110

Bellingham, WA  98225

Phone:   360-676-6876

Fax       360-738-2468

Website:            http://www.whatcom-mrc.whatcomcounty.org

June 2009 Update

Community Volunteers Needed!!!

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Ferry Landing Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project

To restore and enhance marine habitats, reduce water pollution,

prevent erosion and supply community education

through hands on shoreline stewardship.

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Join our Volunteer work parties throughout June and July.

Saturday and Thursday mornings 10am to Noon

Meet at the Lummi Island Ferry Dock.

Volunteers will: Remove noxious weeds, plant native plants (water, weed & mulch them) as well as other various tasks to clean stormwater runoff along the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

Or Volunteer anytime that works for you.

You can call or email to signup to volunteer during the week and/or whenever you are available. We have lots of jobs to be done by our July 31st deadline. Jobs include manual labor as well as other easier tasks like measuring, irrigating, monitoring, documenting, office work, coordinating etc. you choose.

$$ Volunteer Hours count as a match for our grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $$

Call Project Lead Wanda at 360-220-3077 or email forestflor@aol.com if you would like to volunteer, or have any questions and/or concerns.