Shellfish Projects

Moneskatik (Ma-na-ska-deeg) translates to clam place, literally the places where clams are dug in the Passamaquoddy Maliseet languages. It also used to reference the area now known as Bar Harbor. The Maine coast has many clam places, both past and present and this page features stories about people and their relationships with these clam places. We are still adding to these stories and profiles, so please reach out if you have additions or would like to work with us to include a description for your project.

Click on each title below for more information about the project:

Bar Harbor: Clam population enhancement

Bristol : DNA testing to determine the source of contamination of the Pemaquid River

Damariscotta: Assessment of shellfish resource for coastal resilience

Deer Isle and Stonington: Water quality testing to re-open clam flats

East Machias: Identify the source of contaminating coliforms on clam flats

Freeport: Sustaining shoreline access for shellfish harvesting

Freeport: Exploring the effects of winter harvesting closures for Northern Quahogs (Mercenaria mercenaria)

Georgetown: Diversifying Georgetown’s shellfish resilience

Gouldsboro: Development and study of supports for municipal seed clam production

-Islesboro Soft-shell clam restoration project

Soft-shell clam recruitment monitoring network

Surry: Patten Bay pollution and shellfish stock assessment