In 2017 we again worked through the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) to test innovative aquaculture practices. In this project littleneck clams were added as a secondary crop species to our floating oyster farm. Seed clams were grown in a surface-water nursery alongside oysters until they were large enough to be deployed in our overwintering-area in the sediments below the oyster farm. Clams were checked weekly for signs of depredation and fouling, while shell lengths and the total volume of clams in each treatment were measured monthly. Though high mechanical/sifting losses (60%) were observed during the nursery portion of the experiment (June 21-Aug 2), the clams that were retained grew on average 6 times in length in this time period. After deployment into grow-out equipment, clams grew to an average length of 11mm by the end of November with no statistical difference between surface and sediment treatments. Individuals as large as 17mm seen in each treatment. A full account of this project can be found HERE


In 2016 we received a grant from the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) to test two experimental oyster cage designs. The cages were designed to use tidal flow to clean and tumble oysters, automating one of the most labor, time, and cost intensive tasks on the farm. A full account of the project is posted here.

This project supported by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. SARE is a program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.