What about the shellfish in Oregon's Bay? Specifically purple varnish clams, softshell clams, gaper clams and Manila clams. Then how about plastic contamination of California mussels. We look forward to your response, Bill Lackner for the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon.
Our request to Portland State University as follows.
Dear Professor Elise Granek
Bill Lackner here for the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon. The Clam Diggers Association has a lengthy history advocating for pollution free shellfish. We are requesting that Portland State University provide us with a copy of your study on shellfish contaminated with plastic. The information in the study will be used to advance the public interest in the consumption of pollution free shellfish. We look forward to receiving a copy of your study.
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Thanks so much for your email and for your interest in our research. Contrary to how some of the media coverage has framed our research, we are still 'mid-stream' in the research project. In other words, although we have completed our field sampling, we are still busy in the lab processing the samples. We expect to have results sometime this spring (by may/june) and we would be happy to share our results once we have completed sample processing.
Please feel free to reach out with further questions.
Thanks for your response. I can only imagine how busy you are. It's great that your work has been well received. It leaves me with many questions. I teach people interested in digging clams how to dig purple varnish clams from Siletz Bay. The program is sponsored by Lincoln City. The choice of purple varnish clams was intentional. We begin our classes in May and run them through September. I know that plastic contamination is going to a hot topic and I would like to be able to answer their questions. Would it be possible to test a few purple varnish clams for plastic contamination? If that is not possible do you know of a testing laboratory where I could have it done? Thank you, Bill