Ancient Clam Gardens Increased Shellfish Production: Adaptive Strategies from the Past Can Inform Food Security Today
A) We surveyed clams across a vertical transect (black line) from the top of clam habitat (H) to ∼1.0 m in non-walled beaches (left) and to the edge of the rock wall (W) in clam gardens (right). We then transplanted clams in mesh bags at 5 evenly stratified tidal stations (blue and green colored squares) across a vertical transect (purple line) from the top of clam habitat (H) to ∼0 m in 5 Non-Walled Beaches (left) and to the edge of the rock wall (W) in 6 clam gardens (right). B) Hypothesis 1: predicted clam productivity as a function of tidal station. Tidal station 1 = top of clam habitat, tidal station 15 = top of clam garden wall in clam gardens or ∼1.0 m tidal height in non-walled beaches. C) Hypothesis 2: predicted clam productivity as a function of intertidal height.