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Aquaculture has made it much easier for chefs to get quality clams at consistent prices
The development of clam farming in the past 15 years has made it much easier for chefs and retailers to get hardshell clams at consistent prices. And hardshell-clam suppliers are confident that demand for quality product will continue to strengthen.
Chefs prize hardshell clams, which can be served as an appetizer or a complement to a pasta dish, for their mild, sweet taste and firm, plump meat. Retailers value them because the mollusk is simple for customers to cook.
"People are buying more and more" hardshell clams, affirms Bob Wallace, owner of Billingsgate Shellfish in Wellfleet, Mass., and president of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association.
Clam farming emerged from the decline of the wild harvest in the 1980s. Since then, farmed production has increased dramatically on the East and West coasts.
Each state keeps track of its production figures. But the latest federal count was the Department of Agriculture's 1998 Census of Aquaculture. Florida was the leading hardshell producer at 76.3 million clams, followed by Virginia (70.5 million), New Jersey (9 million), Massachusetts (6.4 million) and Connecticut (6.1 million).
Florida's production has increased the fastest, from fewer than 2.4 million clams and 13 growers in 1987 to approximately 134 million clams and 351 growers in 1999, according to the state agriculture statistics service.
"The industry really began to take off with the job retraining program," says Leslie Sturmer, a shellfish aquaculture extension agent with the University of Florida Cooperative Extension. …
Seafood Business; November 1, 2004
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