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Big problem in backwaters Maine, clams flats are drying up, oyster bars are dying and this a factor in fishing. Less bait in harbor than ever before. And last year we got the sewer line under the harbor fixed, The dredge did little as the 3 storms in many places filled in even higher. Then the town put more docks!!!! 3-4 times every months backwater shellfish flats are dry for  6-8 hours , never before. Still need a clamming license for fecal clams

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4 mins ago, RAW said:

Big problem in backwaters Maine, clams flats are drying up, oyster bars are dying and this a factor in fishing. Less bait in harbor than ever before. And last year we got the sewer line under the harbor fixed, The dredge did little as the 3 storms in many places filled in even higher. Then the town put more docks!!!! 3-4 times every months backwater shellfish flats are dry for  6-8 hours , never before. Still need a clamming license for fecal clams

I don't understand?  What do you mean clam flats are drying up?   

Does drying up mean the clams are dying, or are they exposed dry too long?

Clam flats are frequently high dry, and exposed during periods of low tide.

The Sultan of Sluggo

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On 7/3/2024 at 3:18 PM, 27conch said:

It's pretty crazy when development starts in earnest and the powers to be did not think of what infrastructure they will need to handle the growth.  Until it's a dire situation and then they are like, oh s@@@ .. I mean, start building house after house right along the shore line and what did you think was going to happen to the water quality.

 

 

 


This is pretty much all of Human History and basically sums up the Human condition, especially when it comes to anything regarding the environment, conservation, wildlife and anything political in nature. 

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On 7/4/2024 at 6:27 AM, Angler #1 said:

Where is the Shadow when you need him . Since he is close to the area , would you describe the actual path we once would traverse and slide down at times, where when you got into some nice fish it was a job to get them back up . A place at one time we often would drive to on the beach , before they closed that off as well . A place where our friend Eddy caught his largest fish back in the day and was given his last rites to King Neptune's realm as his friends all stood by  in his honor as a true sand man of the beach. Peace and Prayers

Hey! I'm here! Buuuut not close to Longnook right now[insane traffic]. I do know the sand berm is sliding down partly due to foot traffic on an angle as you say[aaaah! the good ol days].As the sand dries out and slides down to maintain the "angle". The foot traffic pushes more sand down so the sand above the has to replace that "angle". Above, the vegetation of scrub oak and ground cover root systems hold the sand for a time.But now that is undercut.So you have these overhanging[undercut] cliffs that are unstable due to weight. When it breaks off it will be the same as snow roaring down taking more sand with it as it tumbles down. You can stand at the bottom on any day and see the sand coming down as it dries out.

 Back years ago we were riding down the beach just at sunset from Coast Guard towards Longnook and just before the "golfball" the ground started to shake and huge section of the dune came roaring down. It didn't come close to us but wow! As time went on later that fall it settled to the "angle" and clay/water mix leached out towards the water. It wasn't much of an issue unless it had rained.Then it became like greased glue. Vehicles got stuck if they were going too slow and cheated on air pressure. The ocean tides during storms[moon tides] do some of that damage and set it in motion. It's all about the "angles".

 The road up on the right back years ago that went to the "outer marker"for aircraft is long gone.Now it's access is off Higgins Hollow rd.

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48 mins ago, Kones1 said:

That hill had a name it earned when big fish were kept and had to be dragged up.  Hate to see it closed. Get dropped off and picked up no need to park

That's how it got it's name?

 

I thought it got it's name from bassmaster lugging his fat ass up the hill.

The Sultan of Sluggo

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