GREAT WASS ISLAND, Maine — A clamshell flying contest, tours, games, boat rides, food and entertainment are all planned for the Downeast Institute’s fourth Shellfish Field Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, on Great Wass Island in Beals.¬† The hatchery and the new Marine Education Center classroom will be open with wall displays that tell the history of the Downeast Institute, current coastwide activities, and plans for future additions including the new 100 ft. wharf now under construction. Lunch will be catered on site.
Tours will be conducted throughout the day at the hatchery by students from the University of Maine at Machias who are working this summer raising soft-shell clams, quahogs, oysters, scallops and lobsters as well as the algae and brine shrimp needed for feed. Visitors will learn about the variety of efficient and ecological techniques being developed for spawning and raising shellfish to be released to the wild for stock enhancement. A demonstration of clam shucking will take place.
Flying a clamshell is an art. A contest, sponsored by the Maine Clammers Association, is open to all ages and participants will be instructed for success. Conditions permitting, lobster boat rides around Western Bay with a licensed captain will be available. Visitors are invited to sign up at the welcome table for the rides. Special activities for children will include a touch tank with live critters, a clam dig in the sand for the very young, marine games and educational activities, and face painting.
The UMM Ukulele Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 12 noon followed by the Sunrise County Ramblers, an instrumentsl group who will entertain during the afternoon.
Homemade seafood rolls, desserts, and soft drinks can be purchased in the classroom from the ladies of the Church of Jesus Christ, Lamb of God.
Contact Name: Jane Hinson
Telephone Number: (207)255-3851