Seafood Feature of the Month

Farmed Clams – November “Best Choice” Feature of the Month

NedsChowderWinter is quickly approaching and a warm bowl of clam chowder is bound to bring you comfort from any winter chill. November is also when Ocean Wise hosts a series of Chowder Chowdown events across the country!

Farmed clams are a classic ingredient for many chowders and they are available year-round. Unlike fish raised in farms, clams and other filter feeding shellfish do not require additional feed; they simply filter their food from the natural environment. Most concern around clams usually stems from harvesting methods such as dredging, and therefore hand harvesting is usually considered preferable. However, the farm impact is considered minimal as compared to wild harvesting and so altogether, farmed clams are considered a “Best Choice.”