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

-Brunswick: A collaborative approach to bolster quahog populations

Damariscotta: Interdisciplinary Approach to Restoration

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)

Frenchman Bay: Clam seeding and clam flat resiliency

Georgetown: Diversifying Georgetown’s shellfish resilience

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

-Gouldsboro: Clam reseeding and shellfish lab

-Harpswell: Tidal upweller experiment to enhance natural quahog population

-Islesboro Soft-shell clam restoration project

Lubec: Soft-shell clam wildstock enhancement

Penobscot: Recruitment and settlement experiments

Sipayik: Increasing mudflat productivity in Passamaquoddy Bay

Soft-shell clam recruitment monitoring network

Surry: Patten Bay pollution and shellfish stock assessment

-Thomaston: St. George River resilience project