After several weeks of growth, juvenile shellfish must leave the hatchery’s controlled environment and continuous supply of life sustaining algae. Their next home is one of our 3 nurseries where they acclimate to pure seawater and its natural nutrients. They grow here until sold as seed or are field planted on shellfish grants for grow out to market size.
Three shellfish nurseries strategically located around Cape Cod offer A.R.C. a variety of growing conditions and the ability to maximize production. Secondarily, having 3 nursery options allows us to keep growing and shipping if one area is closed due to environmental conditions.