In August 2013, the University of Maine at Machias received a 2-yr, $630,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct applied research on both Arctic surfclams, Mactromeris polynyma, and blue mussels, Mytilus edulis. DEI is a collaborating entity in the project, along with University of Connecticut, the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and Pemaquid Oyster. The project also has two commercial businesses that are participating. For surfclams, A.C. Inc. (Beals), the largest wholesaler of seafood products in eastern Maine, worked with DEI to examine conditions in lobster impoundments for the nursery and growout phases of Arctic surf clam production.
Watch this video from the National Science Foundation for more information: