Clam, Soft-shell – U.S. Atlantic (ME, MA), Rakes & Shovels
Soft-Shell Clams are found in intertidal mud flats throughout much of the North Atlantic Ocean, and in the US are most abundant in Maine. They reach maturity in one year and usually live about 10 – 12 years.
Little is known about the abundance or fishing levels on Soft-Shell Clams. There is a size limit of 2 inches for Soft-shell Clams with fisheries management delegated to individual municipalities.
Fishermen catch Soft-Shell Clams with hand gears, including rakes and shovels, which are very selective and let them return unwanted species to their habitats with little harm.