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We Aren't Being Shellfish, We're Just Hoping to Grow Them!

 This is one technique for growing scallops called "ear hanging," which uses plastic Age-pins to secure the scallops in pairs along a line.

This is one technique for growing scallops called "ear hanging," which uses plastic Age-pins to secure the scallops in pairs along a line.

Cait and I had a great meeting with Dana Morse, on Monday, April 7th to talk about opportunities for Hurricane Island to set up educational aquaculture sites around the island. Before we can set up a site, we need to identify what types of shellfish we want to grow, how we want to grow them (bottom seeding, bottom cages, floating gear...the list goes on) and, most importantly, we need to identify good sites with the right conditions for our shellfish, and then apply for Limited-Purpose Aquaculture (LPA) licenses through the DMR. Dana has a cool blog that chronicles his extensive work and research into shellfish aquaculture, and serves as a great additional resource explaining all of the different techniques that exist to raise oysters, scallops, mussels, and clams in Maine waters. Dana is going to help us identify sites for our LPA's this May, and then we hope to apply for a license and be able to start growing in the spring of 2015!

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