Welcome Learn About The Quahog

“Quahog” is pronounced KO-hog / KWO-hog.


Quahog is an edible marine bivalve mollusk that is native to the eastern shores of North America and Central America from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatán Peninsula


Hard shell clams have unique names based on the size of the clam.

  1. Chowder Clams: 4 to 6 inches wide - 2 to 3 per pound. These are really tough, and always used chopped fairly small in chowders and similar preparations.
  2. Cherrystone: 3 to 4 inches wide - 3 to 4 clams per pound. These are often eaten raw, and in prepared appetizers, particularly Clams Casino.
  3. Top Neck: 2-1/2 to 3 inches wide - 5 to 6 clams per pound. These are often eaten raw, or in prepared appetizers.
  4. Middle Neck: (Specials) 2 to 2-1/2 inch wide. Little Neck: 1-1/2 to 2 inches wide - about 16 per pound. These are usually steamed open and eaten with a light sauce or dip, often on the half shell.
  5. Pasta Neck: (Button, Spaghetti Neck) 1 to 1-1/2 inches - 22 to 25 per pound. These are quite tender, and traditionally steamed open and served whole, in the shell, over pasta and with a light sauce.
  6. Countneck: (Juveniles) under 1 inch.

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Fisherman’s Memorial State Park Shellfishing & Clamming

1011 Point Judith Road (Route 108) Narragansett, RI

Quonochontaug Breachway Shellfishing & Clamming

End of West Beach Road Charlestown, RI

Bristol Shellfishing & Clamming

End of Fales Road Bristol, RI

Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area

Off Seapowet Avenue Tiverton, RI

Potters Cove/ Taylor Point

Taylor Point Jamestown, RI

Bluff Hill Cove on Point Judith Salt Pond Shellfishing

North of Galilee Escape Road Galilee, RI

Ocean Avenue Bridge

Trims Pond New Shoreham (Block Island), RI, 02807

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