Our NOAA grant allows us to assist at least five harvesters to install their own softshell clam farm.
We provide materials (seed clams and netting) and assistance with farm installation. Harvesters keep all the revenue from the eventual harvest. Normally, a “starter-farm” would consist of 25 nets and 150,000 seed clams. Such a farm can be fit in a one-acre plot. Farmers will need permission from their town to install a farm and to provide protection for their investement of labor. We can help you work with your town to figure out the best method for protection.
Farms generally take 3 growing seasons to produce commecial-sized clams (>2″).
We can help you install your own farm.
What Manomet will do:
Purchase nets and seed clams
Make presentation to appropriate town committee
Help harvester select appropriate farm site
Supervise farm installation and site layout
Provide ongoing advice and technical support
What harvesters must do:
Recommend at least a 1-ac site for the farm in your town
Obtain town permission for 3-year exclusive access to farm
Help layout farm (1 tide cycle)
Help build nets (4 hrs)
Help install farm (2 tide cycles)
Monitor and maintain nets monthly as needed, until commercially harvestable (1 hr/mo for 2-3 years)
Retain and submit net monitoring data to Project Coordinator
Harvest clams when commercial size; follow harvest protocol; submit results; keep the revenue!
Sign Memorandum of Agreement with Manomet describing the above
Towns may have additional requirements, such as filing for a muncipal lease or conservation closure for the farm.
Contact Ethel Wilkerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to discuss the prospect of installing your own farm.