Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
clam, sand cockle, venus clam
A large, oval shaped clam which is a yellow-white colour, both inside and outside. The shells have numerous, irregular concentric ridges, that become coarser towards the outer ends of the shell. Young shells may have numerous fine, dark lines. Larger than the katelysia cockle.
Collection should be by hand only. Only take enough for your immediate needs.
Found on both the intertidal flats and subtidal zone in sand and mud, usually in sheltered inshore waters on the east and south east coasts of Tasmania.
Can be collected in small numbers by recreational fishers by hand or by diving in Georges Bay on the east coast.
Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the Department of Health and Human Services or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738. Do not consume shellfish from the Tamar or Derwent estuaries.
Clams are improved by purging to get rid of the sand. Suspend them in aerated seawater in a cool place overnight. These clams combine well with garlic, white wine and parsley, such as when cooked with pasta. Also popular steamed, barbequed, in soups, paella and on pizzas. If fresh, can be eaten raw. Do not eat if the shells don’t open during cooking.
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