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What a great story. This seeding also is happening elsewhere. Here is the news from Greenwich, CT:
Another strategy is the planting of beds to increase the shellfish population. In 1997, ninety-five percent of the Long Island Sound shellfish population had died off. Concerned parties started planting oysters and clams to boost supply. Thirty-thousand oysters were hung off the sides of rafts and used to “seed” the population., and 2-million oysters were planted by hand by 9 Greenwich Shellfish Commission members. This practice continues today to replenish shellfish.
One species of clam that wasn’t that much in demand was the quahog. These were large clams that were used primarily for chowder. Several conservancies reached out to buy large breeder clams to stock other communities such as Shelter Island, Brookville, and Islip on Long Island. Whatever was left over, was sold to markets such as the Atlantic Clam Farms. The money was used to finance the Commission. Over time, the shellfish population grew, and Long Island Sound became the Clam Capital of the East Coast.