Clam Opening Rescheduled

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee invites the public to learn about clamming on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hadley Point.

Committee members will be on hand to demonstrate proper clamming methods, including how to harvest clams of appropriate size and how to put back the ones you don’t keep. They also will share general information about clams and mussels and how to use and conserve these resources. The committee would like the citizens of Bar Harbor to know that Hadley Point is now open to clamming on the east side of the point. There has been a conservation closure of this area for most of the period since 2000.

The area from the point itself to the “Big Rock” to the west remains closed for conservation until July 2010.

Hadley Point is one of Bar Harbor’s best-known spots to harvest soft-shell clams (steamers), Mya arenaria. Because of the easy access, it is particularly well suited to the recreational clammer. Anybody who wishes to harvest clams in Bar Harbor must obtain a license, available at the town office from the town clerk, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. An annual license for a Bar Harbor resident is $20 and a day license is $5. Fees are waived for children under 16 and residents over age 65. The licenses run from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.





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