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This giant and little-known mollusk has been enjoying growing success in recent years with Asian consumers.
Seafood at the heart of a flourishing industry. In recent years, geoduck has become a delicacy in Asia. This giant mollusk with an atypical appearance is sold for up to $ 330 per kilo in luxury restaurants. Moreover, 80% of the geoduck clams caught are destined for the Asian market.
Also known as “royal clam”, geoduck clam was not always so popular. “Before being in fashion, geoduck clams were shunned. If they caught any, the fishermen put them back in the ocean, they were worth nothingGeoduck buyer Ed Sang explains. But today geoduck fishing has become a successful industry in its home territory, the west coast of Canada and the United States.
This new development is delighting professionals such as Terry Keith, fishing palopes: “The buyers want our products, so the market is favorable for the fishermen. We control our fishing activity, we control the market. So the demand is high and it is constantly increasing. “But this growing demand is not without consequences. Indeed, if geoduck can live up to 150 years, it reproduces rather difficult.
To limit the impact of the fishing industry on the species, fishing licenses and supply quotas are limited by government decree. Today, we are trying to increase the canopic population by creating breeding farms. An optimal way to continue to fuel an industry which is worth, to this day, more than 60 million dollars.