The ABC Plan is looking for funding sources.
Initially, to restore A Billion Clams to the Charlotte Harbor Estuary, utilizing natural clam bed forming techniques developed by commercial aquaculture.
Clams naturally filter the water. A one year old clam will filter 4-5 gallons of water a day.
100 years ago the coast was covered in clams. Today you would be hard pressed to find one. Due to over fishing in the past, their numbers just cannot compete with the natural predators.
We have developed environmentally neutral predator prevention techniques. It doesn’t harm the predators and the clams stay safe.
Absolutely! Clam beds naturally harbor juvenile fish and crabs. No anchors or power poles please.
The clam beds will have to be tended for 3 years. After 3 years the training wheels come off, leaving behind nothing but a natural, mature clam bed.
Absolutely, they are the only ones that can deal with the Florida heat. (Mercenaria campechiensis)
Yes! The clams are capable of recruitment toward the end of their first year.
If left undisturbed, the clam beds can continue on indefinitely. Individually, clams have a 22 year lifespan.
No, their sole purpose is to grow, multiply and clean our water.
Yes! Red tide is an algae and clams love algae.