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Research from Oceanus (online magazine that explores oceans) supports why Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Farm Raised Shellfish!
The photo is of a clam bed lease in Wellfleet Harbor, MA that was infected with QPX (quahog parasite unknown), which is an infectious Trojan horse clam disease. Wellfleet Harbor will never be the same after man selected which clams should grow instead of letting nature select the clams through biodiversity. Since all of the planted clams are essentially the same genetically, disease goes right through the population like wildfire.
Note in the linked story that Rhode Island is one of the only clam producing states that has not had an outbreak of QPX. This is because there are virtually no clam farms in Rhode Island due to strong opposition from the “Quahoggers“-the wild clam diggers and they grow too slow in RI’s cold waters.