Arc­tic surf clam

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

• 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.

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