Arctic Surf Clams
Since 2012 DEI has been studying how to spawn, raise and grow Arctic surfclams, Mactromeris polynyma, in the hatchery and the field. Arctic surfclams are fished in Atlantic Canada, and are highly valuable, with annual sales worth over $50 million. Successful commercialization of this species would help diversify Maine’s seafood and provide opportunities for fishermen.
DEI raises Arctic surf clams, along with other colder climate species, in the Boreal Culture Room in our Center for Shellfish Production and Research.