Commercializing Farmed Arctic Surfclams:
Since 2012 DEI has been studying how to spawn, raise and grow Arctic surfclams 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. DEI and the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for Innovation commissioned Market Assessment for Maine Grown Arctic Surfclams as part of the Translational Shellfish Research Activities in Downeast Maine: Building Innovation Capacity to Diversify Economic Opportunities project.
Because of its popularity and high price in Asian and other seafood markets here in the U.S., this species is an excellent culture candidate if field grow-out methods can be developed to produce commercially quantities of surfclams.
Learn more about DEI’s specific research on Arctic surf clams by clicking on the posts below.