Clammers head summonsed for undersized catch

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FREEPORT — Maine Clammers Association President Chad Coffin was issued a summons this week for harvesting undersized quahogs.

Coffin, 42, of Litchfield Road, was allegedly seen digging near Wolfes Neck Woods State Park by Marine Warden Tom Kay around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. When Kay approached Coffin and inspected his catch, he found 15 undersized quahogs, Freeport Police Chief Gerry Schofield said.

Coffin did not respond to a request for comment.

He recently told The Tri-Town Weekly, however, that Freeport does not need a marine warden. “We need a shellfish coordinator, not a warden,” Coffin reportedly said. “Enforcement is not the problem.”

Freeport’s ordinances dictate a zero tolerance policy for undersized quahogs, Schofield said. Some shellfish have an allowable error rate of up to 10 percent.