A combination of flooding from the Suwannee River, which empties into the gulf, and a strong northwest wind that blew a plume of fresh water out to the farms lowering the salinity, coupled with atypical high water temperatures in the mid nineties during the month of June has led to loss of clam crop.
“You get that combination and you get mortalities,” said Leslie Sturmer of University of Florida/IFAS, Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program.
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