food served here. But chances are that the Maine
fried clams you're eating this summer got their start in
the tanks at the Beals Island hatchery.
the right, clams in three stages of growth. Top
right, the specks of sand are clams a few days old.
Middle right, bigger specs, a bit older. Bottom
right, maybe a few months old and starting to look like
clams. Next step are off-shore beds run by the
wanting to stock clams along their shoreline get them from the hatchery.
The clams are placed in a trench at low tide, covered and allowed to
mature to full size. A clam has to be at least two
inches wide to be harvested. Adult clams are 2-3
hatchery is also working on a method of farming sea
scallops and is searching for a reason to make the clam's
prime predator, the green crab, a marketable item itself,
figuring the more green crabs caught the less to feed on
the baby clams.
no charge for a tour but donations are appreciated and