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Marine Sediment Monitoring Project 

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Marine Sediment Monitoring Project

What are we doing?

  • Monitoring the mudflats for changes in pH due to ocean acidification

  • Measuring and counting clams to see how the populations are reacting to the changes in the mud pH

Why are we doing this?

  • We do not know how much our mudflats will be impacted by increasing ocean acidification

  • We do not know how our local clam populations respond to changes in their environment

  • Acidic ocean water can dissolve marine animal shells, including clams and lobsters

  • Downeast harvests accounts for about half of Maine's commercial marine resources

  • Almost 90% of Maine's commercial marine harvest are shell producing species (lobsters, crabs, clams, mussels, etc.)


What is Ocean Acidification?


Goose Cove


To learn more about ocean acidification: Visit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's page on ocean acidification.


To learn more about ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine:

See what our partners are doing:

Friends of Casco Bay

Frenchman Bay Partners

MDI Biological Laboratory






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