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Book Chapter

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Editors

Eugene L. Cronin

Publication Date

1982

Book Title

Report of Workshop on Chesapeake Bay fisheries statistics : Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 12-13, 1982

Publisher

Chesapeake Research Consortium

Series

CRC publication ; no. 107

Abstract

The hard clam, Mercenaria mercenaria (Linne, 1758), is a euryhaline bivalve found along the eastern and Gulf coasts of North America (Abbott 1954, Carriker, 1961; Wass, 1972, Miller et al., 1975). It is an important commercial bivalve along the Atlantic Coast (Belding, 1912; Tiller et al., 1952; Andrews, 1970; Castagna and Haven, 1972; McHugh, 1972, 1977, 1982; Miller et al., 1975). Hard clams are consumed in a wide variety of ways, with the larger clams (>80 nun) being used in chowder and the smaller and more succulent littlenecks (< 60 nun) ("necks") and cherrystones (61-80 rrm) ("cherries") being eaten either steamed or raw on the half shell. The fishery for hard clams in the Chesapeake Bay is presently only understood on a broad scale. ... more..

The Hard Clam Fishery Problems and Approaches

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