EVENT | Razor Clam Aquaculture Workshop

A shellfish growers’ meeting is set for Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Darling Marine Center to discuss the development of razor clam aquaculture.

A new project funded by the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center aims to improve the hatchery and nursery production of razor clams. Shellfish growers will be asked for their opinions and observations on what might be the best way to carry out the grow-out phase of production. Suggestions and ideas from industry are anticipated to form the basis for a subsequent project proposal to support production from hatchery to harvest.

The draft agenda features presentations by:
Dr. Paul Rawson - University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences
Dr. Dale Leavitt - Roger Williams University
Diane Murphy - Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Chantal Gionet -Coastal Zones Research Institute, New Brunswick
Mick Devin – University of Maine, Darling Marine Center

We will cover examples of past research and development, gear and husbandry considerations, and issues related to the current market and future market development. Dishes containing razor clams are also planned, so that participants can develop more familiarity with the foods that the clams can be used in.

The meeting will run from 5-8 p.m., and will be held in Brooke Hall of the Darling Marine Center. There is no charge for the meeting, but an RSVP is required, by Wednesday, April 25. Maximum attendance for the meeting is 50 people, on a first-reply basis. Please reply to Dana Morse, by phone (207) 563-3146 (ext 205), or email (preferred – dana.morse@maine.edu).