The Asian clam was first identified in Lake George in August 2010. Four infestation locations have currently been identified: the south basin, Boon Bay, Treasure Cove and Norowal Marina. For the most up-to-date info from the Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force, see the LGACRRTF website.
- Sept 2012 Post Star Editorial in Support of the Lake's Fight Against Asian Clam - pdf
- Feb/March 2012 LGA Newsletter - page 7 - Treatment site updates
- Jan 5, 2012 news release - Tahoe experts share Asian clam research on second visit to Lake George - pdf
- Nov 22, 2011 news release - task force redoubles efforts with fall treatments - pdf
- Oct 25, 2011 news release - survey efforts completed - no new clams found - pdf
- Sept 15, 2011 news release on the status of the control plan - pdf.
- August 10, 2011 news release on the discovery of the third and fourth infestations - pdf, at Treasure Cove and Norowal Marina, and the lake-wide survey
- July 22, 2011 news release on the discovery of a second infestation in Boon Bay.
- Read more about the lake-wide survey and how you can help.
- See an aerial photo showing the extent of the first site where the Asian clam was found in the south basin.
- Lake George & Asian Clam: an informational flyer - pdf
- November 2010 Asian Clam Update Bulletin - pdf.
The Asian clam is a very small and round bi-valve. It is typically less than 1.5 inches in size, and can spread rapidly. A single clam can reproduce alone, and can release hundreds of juveniles per day. The biggest problem Asian clams have caused in other waterbodies is biofouling - or clogging of water intake pipes. Officially known as Corbicula fluminea, the Asian clam is native to southern Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and Australia. The Darrin Fresh Water Institute found it off Lake Avenue beach in Lake George Village on August 19, 2010. Up to 600 clams per square meter were initially documented, covering an area of approximately 2.5 acres.
Spearheaded by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, a committee formed to coordinate response efforts. Representatives from the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, Lake George Park Commission, Lake George Association, FUND for Lake George, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Lake Champlain Basin Program are working together to pool resources and expertise. It appears that the infestation has been discovered soon enough to successfully eradicate it, rather than merely manage it.
The Asian Clam prefers sandy or gravelly bottom areas, in shallow, warm water. If a clam is found that matches the description of the Asian clam, citizens are asked to get a sample or take a photograph and call the Lake George Association at 518-668-3558, the FUND for Lake George at 518-668-5913 or the Darrin Fresh Water Institute at 518-644-3541.
In addition, the public can avoid spreading the Asian clam, as well as other invasive species, by following these guidelines whenever leaving a waterway:
- Check and remove any visible mud, plants, fish or organisms from boats, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.
- Clean and eliminate water from equipment. Be sure to drain all water, including live wells and bait buckets.
- Do not use Asian clams as bait.
- Dry anything that comes in contact with the water.
- Never release plants, fish, or other animals into a waterway unless they come from that waterway.
- To stop the spread, wash your boat and all equipment before entering and when leaving Lake George.
- Print out, distribute, and post the informational flyer in your place of business.