Downeast Institute was founded to sustain Maine’s soft-shell clam resource. The “Clam Kit” video series shares techniques we have used and developed at Downeast Institute to help municipal shellfish management programs enhance their flats affordably and effectively. The videos inform shellfish conservation activities and management.
Clam Kit #1: Introduction and Overview
Clam Kit #2: Applying for an Limited Purpose Aquaculture (LPA) permit
The Maine Department of Marine Resources requires a Limited Purpose Aquaculture (LPA) License Application for certain activities such as using overwintering cages or floating nursery trays as a conservation and management strategy to enhance your clam flats. This video shows how to fill out the LPA application.
Clam Kit # 3: Building a Floating Nursery Cage
This video shows the step-by-step process of building a nursery tray. Nursery trays are used for growing small seed (1-2mm) to larger sizes. Nursery trays float are deployed in the spring and float on the surface of the seawater until November, which is the end of the clams’ natural growth cycle. To learn more see our soft-shell clam production webpage.
This work was funded by Broad Reach Fund.