There’s a new invasive clam species that was found in Vermont. The asian clam has been seen in Lake Bomossen. The DEC of Vermont says the clam hasn’t been found in Vermont until now.
Officials say the asian clam is similar to the zebra mussel, it can form dense populations, clog intake pipes to lakeside homes, water systems, and irrigation canals.
The clam was discovered at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s conservation camp. Results from a survey confirm the clam has been found in an isolated 14 acre in the southwest section of the lake. Officials say the clam has not been seen at any boat ramps or public beaches outside of this area.
Agency scientists say the clams have most likely been in the lake for over a year.
To keep the clam from spreading officials say boaters and anglers should always clean, drain, and dry their equipment after use.
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