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Rhode Island clamming question?

woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 09:43 AM

is it fun?
any clamming spots not to go to due to large amount of people?
what types of clams are there?
is it necessary to buy tools just to clam this one time?
how do you store them if you want to bring it back to New York?
is there a clamming etiquette?

is this statement valid for the whole state? "Non-resident saltwater shellfish licenses are valid for 14 days and cost $11."

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  1. CapeCodGuy RE: woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 09:52 AM

    Yes it's fun to forage for one's own supper. At least is it to me. The etiquette is don't get caught clamming without the proper permit. If you're not a resident, you'll find the permits prohibitively expensive for a one-time use, but not nearly as expensive as getting caught clamming without the permit. Boots aren't necessary if you don't mind standing in the muck. You will need a bucket of course. And a shellfish rake. Also a size ring so you don't take ones that are too small to be legal. Not sure what area you're inquiring about, but here on the Cape you can clam for soft shell clams (steamers), hard shell clams (littlenecks, cherrystones, quahogs, and sea clams) and sometimes razor clams. Beware that many areas are closed this time of year, and others may only be open for 1 day per week.

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      Frank Terranova RE: woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 10:19 AM

      I don't know about the Cape although they have some nice places. One warning in RI make sure you cook the shellfish unless its harvested in a farm. Too many places in RI have tainted shell fish.

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        woodside11377 RE: Frank Terranova Aug 28, 2013 10:26 AM

        arent those locations closed off if they were tainted?

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          Frank Terranova RE: woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 11:45 AM

          They usually are but I was told by a friend who was a Biologist and he said just cook them. Enuff said.

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            RIRider RE: Frank Terranova Aug 28, 2013 06:38 PM

            You can cook tainted shellfish to a "safe" condition?

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              CapeCodGuy RE: RIRider Aug 28, 2013 07:12 PM

              Some bacteria will die when cooked, but if it's truly tainted, like red tide for instance, no amount of cooking will kill it.

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        Alica RE: woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 12:31 PM

        We went a few weeks ago for the first time. We are RI residents so we did not need a permit. We went to Quonnie, near Charlestown. All of the equipment you need is at Benny's (at least the one in Westerly). We got water shoes which were inexpensive. We got rakes, a clamming basket and an inflatable donut to float the basket. We got quahogs. It was fun! Another popular spot that we will try some time is right as you are going over the bridge to go into Galilee. You can find out permit info online. It was sort of a big investment for one meal but I am sure we will do it again.

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          woodside11377 RE: Alica Aug 28, 2013 01:28 PM

          how high did the water get up to? did you go during low tide?

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            Alica RE: woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 07:00 PM

            We went at low tide. We could walk out very far and the water was just below my knees. Glad i had the water shoes because in areas it did get mucky, not everywhere. Water was clear. It was nice.

        2. Bivalve88 RE: woodside11377 Aug 29, 2013 09:16 AM

          For shellfish area closure info, check out http://www.dem.ri.gov/maps/mapfile/sh....

          Make sure any clams you harvest get on ice quickly and stay cold if you're going to try to transport them. Once you get home, try closing any that are open. If they don't close on their own, toss them. They're dead.

          Be respectful of any aquaculture grants. These guys have a hard enough time making a living without someone tampering with their animals.

          Also, be aware that a bed may be closed to shellfishing because of toxic chemicals in the mud or water. Bacteria may not be the problem and no amount of cooking will remove PCBs from a clam. Respect all postings.

          1. trufflehound RE: woodside11377 Aug 29, 2013 03:55 PM

            It's possible to find quahogs by singing Chubby Checker and doing the twist. It will take a while to get your fill. Won't work for steamers but you can dig where they spit at you.

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              Alica RE: trufflehound Aug 30, 2013 06:15 AM

              That is what alot of people were doing when we went. So really you do not need all of the equipment. I would wear the water shoes. It is mucky in areas.

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