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Geoduck

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Clams Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Manila, Razor & Venus Clams, Cockles, Littlenecks, Steamers Worldwide Farmed
Clams Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Manila, Razor & Venus Clams, Cockles, Littlenecks, Steamers Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Clams Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Manila, Razor & Venus Clams, Cockles, Littlenecks, Steamers Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certified Farmed
Clams Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Manila, Razor & Venus Clams, Cockles, Littlenecks, Steamers Canadian Organic Certified Farmed
Clams, Atlantic Surf Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Surf Clams U.S. Atlantic Clam Dredge
Clams, Hard Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Littleneck, Cherrystone & Chowder Clams Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia Rakes, Shovels
Clams, Ocean Quahog Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Quahag & Black Clam U.S. Atlantic Clam Dredge
Clams, Pacific Razor Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Northern Razor & Razor Clam Washington, Oregon, Quinault Nation Hand Harvested
Clams, Softshell/Steamers Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Fryer, Ipswich & Longneck Clams, Steamers Maine, Massachusetts Rakes, Shovels
Geoduck Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Giant, Horseneck, Long Necked & Jumbo Clam, Mirugai Canadian Pacific, Washington Wild
Geoduck Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Giant, Horseneck, Long Necked & Jumbo Clam, Mirugai Canadian Pacific, Washington Farmed
Geoduck Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Giant, Horseneck, Long Necked & Jumbo Clam, Mirugai Canadian Organic Certified Farmed


Geoduck, Wild, Canadian Pacific & Washington

The Pacific geoduck (giant clam) is a popular sushi item marketed as mirugai. Due to low amounts of bycatch, low impacts on the seafloor habitat, and highly effective management, geoduck from Washington and the Canadian Pacific is a "Best Choice."

Consumer Note

Geoduck is sold as mirugai or giant clam in sushi restaurants. It is also marketed as long-necked clam, jumbo clam, and horseneck clam. Geoduck is available year-round and served in a variety of forms including: live, mirugai sashimi (raw and cut into thin slices), and as frozen or dried siphon meat.

Summary

The geoduck is the world's largest burrowing clam and can live to be over 100 years of age!

The two primary wild-caught geoduck fisheries occur in Washington and the Canadian Pacific. Neither of these fisheries is overfished nor undergoing overfishing; however, in the Canadian Pacific, the fishery's data is moderately uncertain.

Geoduck is generally harvested by divers with hand-held water jets (stingers), which are thought to cause minimal damage to impacted areas. This method also allows for low amounts of bycatch of non-target species.

The Washington and Canadian Pacific commercial wild-caught geoduck fisheries are effectively managed with conservative collection strategies and strict monitoring and enforcement.

We therefore rate geoduck from Washington and the Canadian Pacific as a "Best Choice."


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