Friends Dont Let Friends Buy Farm Raised Shellfish

Research from Oceanus (online magazine that explores oceans) supports why Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Farm Raised Shellfish!

The photo is of a clam bed lease in Wellfleet Harbor, MA that was infected with QPX (quahog parasite unknown), which is an infectious Trojan horse clam disease. Wellfleet Harbor will never be the same after man selected which clams should grow instead of letting nature select the clams through biodiversity. Since all of the planted clams are essentially the same genetically, disease goes right through the population like wildfire.
Note in the linked story that Rhode Island is one of the only clam producing states that has not had an outbreak of QPX. This is because there are virtually no clam farms in Rhode Island due to strong opposition from the “Quahoggers“-the wild clam diggers and they grow too slow in RI’s cold waters.

Farmed clams are easily taken-you just walk down to the beach where they’re planted ass-thick and dig them up. The wild stock fisherman must venture out and rely on his art of being tuned in to weather and tide/current predicting, finding the wild clam beds, equipment utilization, and direct competition from other fisherman – which essentially means that your “spot” could get jumped while you’re working in it. Clam farms often turn public tide lands into  private property-as in “no trespassing.”  Wild quahoggers work on free and common open access public land, which means there are no staking claims to private property. There is a big difference in the degree of difficulty in producing wild clams compared with farm raised clams. Commercial fishing is the most dangerous occupation. No one is dying going out getting your farm raised shellfish.

Federally subsidized aquaculture puts natural wild stock fisherman out of business. Our food sources need to be one of our highest priorities.

We’ll be adding information about sustainable commercial fisheries to this site to keep you informed. Please support sustainable wild fisheries

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