Officials Transplant Quahogs in Narragansett Bay

As part of continued efforts to support a strong shellfish industry in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has conducted 2 quahog transplants. On May 10 and 11, some 80,000 pounds of adult clams were transplanted in an effort to enhance shellfish stocks in Narragansett Bay.

Last Wednesday, clams were harvested from Greenwich Cove for stocking in Greenwich Bay Shellfish Management Area/Potowomut Spawner Sanctuary.

Last Thursday, clams were harvested from Bristol Harbor for stocking in Bristol Harbor Shellfish Transplant Area.

Clams harvested during the transplants will enhance shellfish stocks throughout the bay, as well as support winter harvest opportunities for shellfishermen. As part of the effort, protected broodstock will also be placed in spawner sanctuary to help promote juvenile clam recruitment and increase shellfish numbers in adjacent beds, promote juvenile clam recruitment in fishable areas and support future shellfishing opportunities in adjacent beds.

Transplanted shellfish will be unavailable for harvest until December 2017. This temporary closure will allow the shellfish to spawn and contribute toward replenishing the immediate vicinity and adjacent areas. The shellfish transplant program is a cooperative effort of DEM, Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), Rhode Island Department of Health, and the shellfish industry. Previous transplant efforts have enhanced shellfish stocks in Narragansett Bay and in the South County coastal ponds.