Cleaning Clams

Below you will find both a photo filmstrip and video on how to clean a Gaper clam.

Cleaning Clams

like Cockles, Butter, Softshell and numerous others, all have similar anatomy, and the cleaning is basically the same. By using this chart and reviewing the photos and video below you will be cleaning clams of all varieties.

Cleaning Clams


Cleaning Clams – A Step By Step Photo Filmstrip of a Gaper Clam



Cleaning Clams Like Gapers




During certain times of the year, marine toxins, produced by some species of diatoms (algae) are taken in by razor clams. When ingested, these toxins can cause illness and in very high concentrations can be fatal to humans, for that reason clamming during red tides is not allowed. The Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Health (DOH) sample clams on a routine basis. If high toxin levels are detected, clam seasons are delayed or closed. ODFW and DOH work very hard to provide a safe and fun resource to enjoy for all clammers. Contact ODFW to check on safety relating to red tides.
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