01/23/14 - 4:19pm
This last June while my family was out at the local beach, my son brought me a clam he had found in the mud flats, a clam of a kind unfamiliar to me. At home that evening, I identified it as a soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria), an exotic species.
I had no idea that there were non-native clams in our area, but I learned that this was not news. Soft-shell clams were first documented on the Kenai Peninsula in 1999. By 2006, soft-shells were already a dominant species in mud flats in the area. At least one clammer was targeting them in Kachemak Bay by 2011.