Arctic surf clam
• The offshore Arctic surf clam fishery has been operating on the Scotian Shelf since 1986, and on the Grand Banks since 1989.
• The surf clam fishery is estimated to be worth more than $60 million.
• Arctic surf clam, or hokkigai, is a long-lived clam species distinguished by its bright red colour in the mantle and foot after cooking. • In the western Atlantic, this species occurs from the Strait of Belle Isle to Rhode Island. The oldest observed specimen found in Canadian waters was 92 years old on Banquereau Bank.
• Arctic surf clam is now primarily used in sushi preparations in Japan, China and South Korea.
• Offshore surf clam licences also allow the harvest of other species, including ocean quahogs, Northern propeller clams, and cockles.