Citizen Science: Clams

A colander of clams.
Clams gathered locally.

Photo from the Sitkavores.

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Natural Resource Protection Department extensively monitors important subsistence resources for community members. As a part of that effort, they test clam tissue for the presence of toxins, including saxitoxins that can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisioning. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska monitors in Sitka and other communities throughout Southeast Alaska to provide important information about subsistence shellfish harvest and safe consumption for subsistence harvesters.

As part of the Summer Field Science School, we will conduct population estimates for clams and share real-life tales from the field. We will learn how to conduct clam surveys by digging along transects, measuring and weighing samples, and identifying importance subsistence resources. We will also discuss and demonstrate how to do mark-recapture surveys of fish populations.

Last updated: May 9, 2018

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