Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Marine Resource Advisory No. 58; VSG-95-03


Clam culture in-Virginia has recently received a ·great deal of attention due to the declining production of wild fishery stocks, and to the apparent success of some commercial clam farms. A 1994 survey of Virginia aquaculture by the Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service identified hard clams as the most valuable cultured product in the Commonwealth; production in 1993 exceeded $11 million in gross sales.

Be wary of reports that clam farming is easy and guarantees financial rewards. Farming clams is much more complicated than throwing clams overboard and returning a few years later to harvest them for market. The financial risks associated with aquaculture ventures can be substantial, depending upon your scale of operation and any loan equity you may have committed.



Shellfish, Fisheries, Research



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