Our hatchery is capable of producing large quantities of clam larvae to fill our nurseries to their capacity near the end of the growing season. Bayfarm has been spawning and rearing Hard Clams or Northern Quahogs (Mercenaria mercenaria) for over 20 years. In our hatchery, the larvae are kept in sterile and controlled settings to ensure survival. Larvae and post-set clams are fed culture unicellular algae, throughout their time in the hatchery. Our broodstock have been selected over the years to produce quickly-growing and hardy offspring. We also spawn and reared Atlantic Oysters (Crassostrea virginica).
Watch the clam spawning video below:
1-day old clam larvae under scope
Post-set Hard Clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) under the scope.