Clam, Geoduck (Mirugai)
Geoducks are very large clams. Their range extends along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and they are relatively abundant. They can live for 100 years and they generally reach sexual maturity in less than 10 years.
They are caught using directed water jets called ‘stingers’ that loosen the mud around each clam, allowing the clam to then be removed by hand. This fishing method has little environmental impact and results in low bycatch.