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72'-" C,kiE (AZETTI, Fday, September 27"- ()c'tot;er 3, 1996'" Clams holding t00teir own in Delaware's Inland Bavs From The Ca00e Gazette's Traveler Series* Jack Pingree says the inland bays clam beds are "holding their own." In the face of rapidly increasing population, Pingree says that is a considerable accomplishment. "We have some success stories and some areas that are not doing so well," said Pingree, a program manager with the Delaware shell- fish and recreational waters branch. "We have got to stop beating ourselves up," said Pingree, who notes that clam beds are holding their own and the inland bays sup- port what was the only commer- cial shellfishing in Delaware and most of the recreational shellfish- ing in the state. He notes that more than 1,000 acres of shellfish beds have been opened to clammers in the Indian River in the last few years. He at- tributes part of that success to ef- forts to control point source pollu- tion. Such pollution is easier to pin- point than other pollution such as non-point pollution. Non-point source pollution comes from sources like runoff from farm fields and subdivisions and may be the biggest single problem fac- ing the bays. Point source pollu- tion comes from sewer plants, in- dustry and other sources which can generally be found at the busi- ness end of a discharge pipe. That's the good news. The 1,000 or so acres has moved the line marking the area that is closed and the area that is open to clamming back considerably. The line in Indian River now runs roughly from Lingo Point. Areas east of Lingo Point are mostly open to shellfishing. Those west of the Point are closed. OUTDOORS But that is nothing more than an approximation and there are both closed areas and closed areas sea- sonally east of that line. Contami- nated seafood is potentially dead- ly and Pingree urges that clam- mers check to see if areas are open or closed to shellfishing. The bad news is that some other areas of the inland bays have been closed to shellfishing in recent seasons. He believes much of that is due to increased development of areas and the problems that can cause. Bacteria, in particular, is a prob- lem for shellfish areas. Sewage, marinas and other possible sources of contamination are monitored closely by Delaware. Some of the areas which have been closed in recent seasons to clamming include the mouth of White Creek and Herring Creek. Pingree took the opportunity to note that a few people try to take every clam they can find and ruin the clamming areas for other peo- ple in the process. He emphasizes that most people are responsible and follow laws about limits and minimum sizes, but a few people Continued on page 73 TIDES I mT00-q Indian River Date Inlet tli Lo Ili Lo Iii Lo tti Lo 9/28 i0:1213i28 9/29 1i:214:i5 9/'50 ii:531 5:02 10/1 i2:i4[ 5:50 lO/200 1:06 [6:4i lO/3 i:57 17i39 10/4 2:49 18:42 Rehoboth Beach 9:3i 13:25 i0i2i) 4:i2 ii:i21 4i59 --- 15:47 i2:25[ 6i38 i:i6 17:36 2:08 18i39 Roosevelt Inlet _ m_ i0:3214:23 iiii91 5ii3 16:04 i i2i301 6i56 i:20 17i5i 21i3 18:49 3:io 19i50 Oak Orchard 16:57- 12:45 [ 7:44 1:34 ] 8:3i- 3:16 1i6:16 40007 lii108 Backstage in Vienna with the cast of Cats Jean Stephens of Lewes visited her son David in November of 1995 while he was in Wien (Vienna), Austria. At the time, David, a 1977 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, worked for Andrew Lloyd Weber's Eurotour of the Broadway hit musical "Cats" as an actor and singer. In the photograph accompanying this arti- cle, David is shown costumed for his role as Old Deuteronomy. During intermission of one of his perfor- mances, he enjoyed sharing some local news from home with his mom who thought- fully brought along a copy of the Cape Gazette. After graduating from Cape, David studied at Shenandoah Conserva- tory of Music in Win- chester, Virginia and received his Master's Degree in Musical Per- formance from Florida State University. Jean Stephens of Lewes joins her son David backstage in Vienna. We accept  and  as payment for Cape Gazette subscriptions. To have your credit card billed, please include your number and expiration date. Let us know which subscription category you would like and include your phone number so we can contact you if necessary. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: 1 Year in county ........................... $25.00 6 months in county ........................ 12.50 1 year out of county ....................... 40.00 6 months out of county .................. 20.00 Student (9 months) ...................... $30.00 Snowbird (in Sussex part of the year, elsewhere the rest) ............... 30.00 Sr. citizen discount (62) subject s2 for 1 yr., $1 for6 mos.