Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Clams, Pacific Razor

Oregon Department of Fish and Game
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


Pacific Razor Clams, Hand Harvested, Washington, Oregon, Quinault Nation

Pacific razor clams are a "Best Choice" from Washington, Oregon and the Quinault Nation.

Consumer Note

Pacific razor clams are commonly fried, baked, used to make clam chowder, and sold as crab bait.

Summary

Pacific razor clams are found from Pismo Beach, California to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. These recommendations cover the Pacific razor clam (Siliqua patula) in Washington and Oregon only, where they are managed by state and tribal governments.

Pacific razor clams mature quickly, making them resilient to fishing pressure and these stocks are not current classified as overfished. In fact, landings in both states have increased in recent years, indicating management has been effective at maintaining stock abundance.

The total catch of all Quinault Indian Nation's razor clam fisheries is set at 15% of the harvestable clams each year. Rigorous stock assessments are performed annually, and the total allowable catch (TAC) is set based on the stock assessment.

Landings in the Quinault's commercial razor clam fishery have been stable, indicating that management is effective at maintaining stock abundance.

Hand harvesting results in very little bycatch because it allows fishermen to be very selective and has a fairly minimum impact on the habitat.


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