Varnish Clam

Shiny, brown oval shell.

Outer shell may appear to be “peeling”

  
Considered an invasive species, the Varnish Clam was accidentally introduced to B.C. waters in the 1980’s and has since spread out to become very well established along the West Coast.

Length

4 to 7 cm (1.5 to 3 inches).

Weight

Varied.

Habitat

Native to Japan, now also British Columbia to Oregon. In B.C., very widespread.

Fishing

Found deeper than other clams, up to 40 cm (16 inches) beneath the surface.

Cooking

Steaming is popular.

Notices

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

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