Hard Clams

Hard clams are a benthic organism that requires good water quality conditions to survive. Clam densities relatively close to or above the threshold indicate that the water quality and physical conditions are suitable for clam growth and reproduction.

Monitoring shellfish in the Coastal Bays.

How is it measured?

Hard clam densities were measured at approximately 204 stations each year.

Threshold Levels

Reporting regionThreshold (clams m-2)
Assawoman Bay1.00
Isle of Wight Bay1.19
Sinepuxent Bay1.04
Newport Bay0.51
Chincoteague Bay1.34