Clam, Hard – U.S. Atlantic (MA, RI, VA, NC), Rakes & Shovels
Hard Clams are found in intertidal or subtidal waters along the western Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Most commercial fisheries for Hard Clams occur between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Either individual states, municipalities, or a combination of both set regulations for fishing.
Current abundance of this species is unknown. The rakes and shovels used to fish this species may cause some damage to the bottom habitats, but catch of non-target species is minimal.
Note: Usually referred to by size classification (from smallest to largest): Button, Littleneck, Topneck, Cherrystone, and Chowder