DEI’s research to find the cause of the clam decline identified milky ribbons worms to be a major predator of soft-shell clams, especially in southern Maine. In an effort to research methods to [...]
One of the more important findings from the 5-year investigation into the cause of the southern Maine clam decline was that in order for clams to survive they need to be protected not only from [...]
2017- 2019: Large-scale culture methods for blue mussel seed production in Maine and the Northeast: experimental laboratory & field trials
The second phase of our mussel work began in 2017 (read about our previous research here). This phase focused on four major components: 1) Developing hatchery techniques (broodstock conditioning [...]
Demonstrating Aquaculture Technologies for Arctic Surf Clams at Pilot and Commercial Scales Along the Coast of Maine: 2016-2019
Expanding upon the findings of 2013-2015, this research focuses on: 1) Determining the interactive effects of transplant time of year, size of cultured seed, and type/orientation of predator [...]
In May of 2019, DEI scientists deployed studies across the Maine coast to determine if the traditional practice of brushing works to increase soft-shell clam populations, the first time [...]
DEI studied soft-shell clam recruitment in the St. George River and the Weskeag River in 2017, and the upper St. George River in 2018.