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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Clam, Ocean Quahog – U.S. Atlantic

The Ocean Quahog is one of the longest-lived and slowest-growing clams in the world, which makes them vulnerable to fishing pressure. They have an average maximum age of 114 years. However, the U.S. Atlantic Ocean Quahog population is currently at a healthy abundance level.

The Ocean Quahog  fishery is a very ‘clean’ fishery with limited bycatch and having virtually no impact on protected species. However, the hydraulic clam dredges used to catch this species cause significant damage to sandy bottom habitat.

Full species report here.