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.
The 2018 facility expansion replaced an outdated Boreal Culture Room where colder climate species like Arctic surfclams are reared.