Raising Happy Shellfish

There are certain things that all living things require; food, water, sunlight, oxygen. And they need a way to protect themselves from being eaten by predators! To get them started we grow them in a large tank called an upweller. This is really a shellfish nursery.
RCTB purchased about 500,000 seed clams from hatcheries. Baby clams, called seed are grown at various locations in upwellers. The yield is the estimated number of clams received from the hatchery minus the culling of very small clams that are not growing well, mortality and statistical variation in measurements. The typical yield is about 80%, about 400,000. Most of these clams are taken to the RCTB lease site in *Waretown or Island Beach State Park and placed under predator control screens. Some were left at Beach Haven to overwinter in our floating upweller system (FLUPSY).
*At the Waretown lease, approximately 30 percent of the crop planted in then moved to the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) managed by the DEP Bureau of Shellfisheries.

Oysters

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Oysters
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Explore the Clam Trail!

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