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Soft-shell clam workshop



In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the cultivation of soft shell clams throughout eastern Canada and eastern North America. However, to date, little effort has been devoted to developing profitable clam operations. Only a limited number of teams of researchers and academics are working on this subject. We know that a considerable body of knowledge must still be amassed in order to make clam culture a cost-effective and profitable aquaculture activity. That is why it is important that researchers, academics and aquaculturists work together in order to compile existing information on soft shell clams and identify research avenues for the development of clam culture. The aim of the workshop is therefore to bring together the researchers directly or indirectly involved in clam culture in eastern North America as well as the main producers involved. All available North American expertise on this subject will thus be brought together to assess progress in this area and the work that still needs to be done in order to develop an economically viable clam culture. A U.S. specialist will also be invited for his expertise on a burrowing species (Mercenaria mercenaria) that is used in large-scale culture in the United States. The knowledge of all these experts and their discussions will substantially contribute to the development of the Quebec clam culture industry.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2005 - 2006



Principal Investigator(s)

Charley Cyr

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