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Development of methods for ensuring a reliable supply of soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria) spat in an open environment in Quebec



To date, very few structured studies have been conducted on spat collection in natural open environments in Quebec, and specifically on the North Shore. The results obtained at Cran à Gagnon in 2005 demonstrated the effectiveness of the U.S. method (net) for promoting the recruitment of young soft-shell clams. These results have prompted us to continue trials on natural collection of clams using the net method and to validate this supply method in a North Shore environment. In order to increase the chances of success, it is proposed to simultaneously evaluate several suspended collection methods. Continuation of the R&D work on clam supply on the Upper North Shore will help foster the development of the clam industry in this region, better document collection methods and evaluate the potential for clam collection in a North Shore environment.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2006 - 2008


Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Estuary

Principal Investigator(s)

Sylvie Brulotte

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