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Jun 6, 2014 07:29 AM

Red Tide Closing of Clam Beds on the North Shore

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  1. It should be noted that local demand during the summer months far outstrips local supply, so that most of the clams served up here are not that local in the first place.

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    1. re: Karl S

      Regardless of where restaurants get their clams, this will have devastating impact on local clammers who can easily count on selling their whole crop and rely on that harvest for their livelihood!

      1. re: Science Chick

        Once again, people who actually strap on the wader will get stuffed and some middlemen will raise prices 5% a bushel even though the clams are coming from Maine.

        "The Dairy Joy Index looks to hit 50 this summer for a large, what do you think, Phil?"

        1. re: hyde

          Can we just refer to them as Douchey Joy from now on?

      1. There goes the prices. Now it's going to be 'clams for the rich'.

        1. Red Tide shouldn't be a surprise, and has been happening with greater frequency over the past 10 years in this area.

          The toxin levels appear to be pretty high this time, and a anticipated three week closing for harvesting will be pretty tough to swallow for those dependent on clamming.

          A friend of mine who just started clamming out of Newburyport's Joppa Flats which just opened up the area to clamming last year after being closed down for the past 75 years or so, says that local places that serve local clams know this and plan accordingly during the summer months, and as Karl S mentioned, most calms served during the summer are coming from elsewhere.

          For those of us who live here we can wait for the prices to come down to get our fix, but for those visiting and on vacation be prepared to pay.