Shellfish Resilience and Restoration

Students removing clam netting
Students removing nets that have been protecting juvenile clams.

In the Shellfish and Restoration Project students work with clam fishermen and towns officials to collect data that are used in making decisions about how to manage the fishery. What follows are the most recent posts. Use the “Tag Cloud” or search ability at the bottom of the page to find additional posts.

Plant pot with net collar

Setting Up and Deploying the Plastic Plant Pot Experiment

This post provides detailed instructions about how to set out the plastic plant pot experiments that are at the heart of work that students do in CSI-Maine. It provides a list of materials and tells you what to do with them.  If any of this is confusing or seems to leave something, please tell us […]

2018 Gouldsboro experimental sites

2019 Gouldsboro Data – Part 1 – The Experiments

During 2018 the Gouldsboro shellfish committee and the CSI-Maine project set out “experimental unit” — our “plant pot” experiments — in two coves that were once productive but that are now so overrun by crabs that they are considered to be “dead mud.” This spring, a team of students in the Pathways program at Sumner […]

Sumner Memorial High School student presenting findings at the Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 2018
Sumner Memorial High School student presenting findings at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, March 2018

The Shellfish Project Over the School Year

The way that CSI-Maine fits into the school year strongly influenced by the clam lifecycle. Clams grow over the summer, which means that teachers and students set out their experiments in the spring and collect data in the fall. This is a nice fit to the school year in many ways. It provides an opportunity […]

European Green Crab

The Green Crab Lifecycle

The European green crab (Carcinus maenas) arrived in the New York and New Jersey ports in the early 1800s, spread to Casco Bay by the 1890s, and continued to spread northward to Downeast Maine and the Bay of Fundy over the twentieth century (Fulton et al., 2013).  It is a voracious predator, but until recently […]


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