Genetic Stock Improvement of Hard Clams Projects

Applied research has been directed to developing a hardier clam strain for Florida’s coastal environment. During summer months, hard clams encounter high water temperatures and reduced oxygen and phytoplankton levels. At the same time, clam metabolism is higher. Together these stresses may contribute to summer mortalities. Basic breeding techniques are being examined to improve production and create a “Florida-friendly” clam. Project summaries are provided as well as project results and final reports. Some project reports are being updated and will be posted soon.