Geoduck Clam Farms Spread along Coastal Northwest

Mike Booth works to harvest the geoduck clams from as deep as three feet.

hide captionMike Booth works to harvest the geoduck clams from as deep as three feet.

Zach Manzella
Geoduck farmer Jim Gibbons at a field.

hide captionGeoduck farmer Jim Gibbons at a field.

Zach Manzella

Geoduck farms are spreading around the coastal Northwest. The geoduck, the largest clam in North America (and pronounced GOO-ee-duck), is a bivalve with a three-foot neck. They can live to be more than 150 years old.

For years, divers have harvested the delicacies from the salt waters of Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. Now — like oysters and other shellfish — they're being farmed by entrepreneurs.

After a visit to a farming operation, Austin Jenkins from Olympia, Wash., reports.

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