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Determination of Optimal Over-wintering Techniques for Juveniles Soft-shell Clams in the Passamaquoddy Region and Disease Surveillance Guidelines Developed in Phase I (Lepreau Harbour Lease) as well as Assessment of Survival Rates Following Seeding



The purpose of this study is to determine the optimal over-wintering techniques for juveniles soft-shell clams in the Passamaquoddy Region while maintaining disease surveillance and assessing the survival rates following seeding.

The objectives of this project are as follows:

  1. To establish and maintain a reliable hatchery source and transport of juvenile clams for clam industry in Southwest New Brunswick
  2. To determine optimum over-wintering techniques in the Passamaquoddy Bay region which yield the highest survival rates
  3. Transplant over-wintered hatchery spat to the Lepreau Harbour lease site (MS 1113).
  4. Monitor post seeding survivorship through seasonal sampling
  5. Pending the success of this technique, develop this technology on a larger scale that can support the industrial demand.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2006 - 2009


Atlantic: Gulf of Maine, Scotian Shelf

Principal Investigator(s)

Shawn Robinson

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