• Getting Started

Plant to Harvest

The following presentations were given at workshops for new growers and provide basic information on the various aspects of starting a clam farm operation.

The Basics of Buying, Handling, and Planting Clam Seed
Learn about the following:

  • Certification and best management practices
  • Lease markers and boat requirements
  • Clam seed suppliers and descriptors
  • How to transport and handle seed
  • Water conditions at lease sites
  • Clam bag sizes and suppliers
  • Stocking rates for nursery and growout seed
  • Planting strategies and growth rates
  • Survival and predator protection

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The Basics of Handling, Harvesting, and Selling Clams
Learn about the following:

  • Shellfish harvesting areas
  • State and federal harvesting requirements
  • Boat and vehicle requirements
  • How to harvest and handle clam product
  • Harvesting strategies and market sizes
  • Where to sell your clams

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Biology and Anatomy of the Hard Clam
Learn about the animal being cultured, including taxonomy, anatomy, and biology.

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