Butter Clam Research
Butter clams are juvenile surf clams, measuring just 1.5-2” in length and in 2017 it became legal to farm them in Massachusetts. But what is the most cost effective way to grow them on Cape Cod? We partnered with ARC Hatchery and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension to secure a Saltonstall Kennedy grant to research ideal growing conditions and gear. The project will run until December 2018 but we’ve already learned that they need containment to keep them from swimming away, extremes changes in temperature are bad, and they like being in or on the bottom. Growth measurements throughout the next several months will help determine if they are economically viable to grow.
We are also collaborating with Woods Hole Sea Grant to complete a market assessment and promotional plan for butter clams, blood arks, and shucked oysters.