Butter Clam

Large, oval shell with concentric rings but no ridges.

Yellow to whitish grey.

  
Butter Clams are perhaps the most common clam found along the B.C. coast, and are considered by many to be the best clams for chowder.

Length

6 to 12 cm (2.5 to 5 inches)

Weight

Varied.

Habitat

Alaska to California. In B.C., they are very widespread.

Fishing

Found as deep as 25 cm (10 inches) in loose, porous sand. Look for areas with gravel, pebbles and broken shells.

Cooking

Eating raw, steamed, and including in chowder and stuffing are all popular.

Notices

Beware of Red Tide or Sanitary Contamination. Check for closures at LINK.

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