In 2015, Manomet received a grant from the NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy program to help coastal towns in Maine learn about softshell clam farming.
The grant allows us to reach out to towns to teach about softshell clam farming. The grant also allows us to install farms in at least five towns in Maine, with willing and interested harvesters. See this web site for requesting a presentation, or for learning whether you might qualify for financial assistance in installing your own farm.
In 2014, Manomet teamed up with Chris Warner, a professional shelfish harvester, and Georgetown landowner Jay Holt, to install a commerical-scale softshell clam farm in Maine. The Heal Eddy Restoration Project represents Maine’s only commercial-scale farm at present. It is also a scientific experiment, using different net sizes to protect the seeded clams from the invasive European green crab, and other predators.
Manomet is a non-profit based in Brunswick, Maine. Manomet helps restore diversified fisheries in coastal Maine for the benefit of both local economies and the marine ecosystem. This project is one of Manomet’s efforts.
Project Press Release (Sept. 2015)
Click on image right to download PDF of press release.