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Feasible Surfclam Husbandry Techniques for Northeast Shellfish Growers

Editor’s note: Michael Acquafredda (GSNB’19) earned a doctoral degree in Ecology and Evolution in the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies

A study that provides technical aspects of Atlantic surfclam (Spisula solidissima) husbandry supports the feasibility for the culture of the species in the U.S. Northeast region.

“Overall, successful surfclam nursery culture aligns well with the Northeast’s established shellfish farming framework, and growing surfclams should be technologically feasible for any interested grower,” Dr. Michael Acquafredda, postdoctoral research associate at the National Research Council, told Hatchery International.

The research article, “Evaluating the efficacy of nursery gear types for cultivating Atlantic surfclams (Spisula solidissima)” by Acquafredda et al. was published on Aquaculture Report.

Surfclam exhibits many features that make it amenable to aquaculture, particularly in the region.

“Surfclams grow rapidly, with a spawn-to-sale production cycle as short as 12 to 18 months. Surfclams are native to the region and are generally recognizable to the public,” Acquafredda said, before adding its consumer selling point. “Importantly, farmed surfclams have a sweet, buttery flavour, making them a delicious seafood choice.”

Full article at NJAES Newsroom