A new invasive species, the Asian clam, has been found in Lake George.
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What is the Asian clam?
The Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, is a small bivalve (two shells hinged together) that is native to temperate and tropical areas in southern Asia, the eastern Mediterranean, and Australia. They are small, usually less than 1.5 inches in size, and have a light green/light brown shell with distinctive concentric ridges.
Where was it found?
Asian clams were found off Lake Avenue Beach in Lake George Village on Thursday August 19, 2010 by Jeremy Farrell of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute. Initial concentrations of up to 600 clams per square meter were documented, covering an area of approximately 2.5 acres.
Spearheaded by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, a committee has been formed to help coordinate efforts to respond to this new invasion. Representatives from the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, the Lake George Park Commission, the Lake George Association, the FUND for Lake George, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are all working together to pool resources and expertise.
The next step is to determine the extent of the spread of the clam. After the extent of the invasion is mapped, options for eradication or management will be evaluated. We hope that the LGA has found this new infestation soon enough to successfully eradicate it.