• 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
The Basics of Buying, Handling, and Planting Clam Seed PICTURE

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

The Basics of Handling, Harvesting, and Selling Clams
The Basics of Handling, Harvesting, and Selling Clams PICTURE

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

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