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Atlantic Surf Clams

Atlantic surf clams, Spisula solidissima, are also called hen clams. Appreciated for their sweet flavor, they are used in a variety of dishes from chowders to sushi. Historically Maine has been at the northern edge of their range. They grow to be over 7” in length but also have a commercial market at less than two inches.  

Interest in Atlantic surf clam farming is increasing. As one of a few hatcheries producing this species, DEI’s goal is to provide a steady supply of high quality Atlantic surf clam seed that aquaculturists can use to diversify their farms.

Surf clam seed 2 mm or less should be ordered in February for delivery in the spring. Larger surf clam seed should be ordered 15 months in advance.  Call Kyle Pepperman at 207-259-5048. 

Size (mm) Size (in) Price per 1,000 Time of Availability
1 mm 0.04 in $5.30 June
1.5 mm 0.06 in $7.60 June
2 mm 0.07 in $10.15 June/July

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