Apr 11

AIM in the Albany Times Union

Divers targeting Asian Clams: Mats spread on floor of Lake George to smother invaders.

By BRIAN NEARING Staff writer

LAKE GEORGE — Scuba divers plunged into the 40-degree, gray-blue waters of Lake George on Monday to start laying down acres of mats on the bottom in a bid to snuff out an aquaticĀ invader.

The mats target the fast-breeding Asian clam, an invasive species that was found last summer in the lake about a thousand yards north of Million Dollar Beach in the village of LakeĀ George.

Now, officials hope the mats will smother hundreds of thousands of clams — which took just three years to grow — before the invaders can reproduce again next month and spread elsewhere in the lake. During the next three weeks, divers will lay down more than 900 overlapping mats over a six-acre section of lake bottom, sealing off the clams from dissolved oxygen in the lake, said Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer, director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute‘s Darrin Fresh Water Institute….Click Here to read more.

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