Sub-tidal aquaculture of surf clams

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $9,365.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
John Baldwin
Seafood Divers, Inc

Annual Reports


  • Animals: shellfish


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, grazing - continuous
  • Education and Training: demonstration, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, feasibility study
  • Pest Management: physical control
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, employment opportunities, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Almost all East Coast shellfish aquaculture occurs in the intertidal zone and is devoted to raising littleneck clams. This project will investigate adapting intertidal shellfish aquaculture techniques to a subtidal (20 to 30 feet deep) site to raise an alternative species, sea clams, also known as butter clams. Outreach will be through meetings, written bulletins, newspaper articles, a consumer preference study, and e-mail networks.

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