In 2019, the Town of Freeport was awarded a grant through the Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Project to research the effects of winter harvesting on the survival of quahogs. This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a recent conservation closure for quahogs, and will inform future decisions by the Shellfish Conservation Commission regarding winter conservation closures.
During 2013, the Town of Freeport sponsored two concurrent scientific studies to investigate various shellfish habitat preservation strategies. The final reports from both of those studies can be accessed below in .PDF format:
- Freeport Shellfish Restoration Project – Final Report by Professor Brian F. Beal. January 24, 2014.
- Shellfish Habitat Resource Planning Study by Resource Access International, LLC (RAI). February 5, 2014.
In addition, you may also find useful information at the Downeast Institute Website.