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22 December 2021 / Peninsula Clarion / Camille Botello

High clam mortality rate forces closure on east Cook Inlet next year

Clam Gulch, Alaska, United States

An approximate 69% of adult razor clams at Ninilchik beaches and 84% at Clam Gulch beaches have died. The department said the cause of the high natural mortality rate of the clams remains unknown, but may be due to a combination of heavy surf, habitat changes, environmental stressor and predation.

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