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QPX and Quahog Management. Steve Artabane November 4, 2004. Northern Hard Clam, Quahog. Hill, 2001. Overview of the Quahog. Bivalve Mollusc Mercenaria mercenaria Used by Native Americans-Wampum Fished in Coastal Waters, both sub-tidally and inter-tidally Range Food Uses.

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Qpx and quahog management

QPX and Quahog Management

Steve Artabane

November 4, 2004



Overview of the quahog
Overview of the Quahog

  • Bivalve Mollusc

  • Mercenaria mercenaria

  • Used by Native Americans-Wampum

  • Fished in Coastal Waters, both sub-tidally and inter-tidally

  • Range

  • Food Uses


Bull raking and hand raking commercial dredging
Bull Raking and Hand RakingCommercial Dredging

Gates 2004


Growout methods
Growout Methods

Three Bays Pres. Inc.



Qpx quahog parasite unknown
QPX- Quahog Parasite Unknown

Smolowitz et al. 1998


Clam seed source mortality
Clam Seed Source Mortality

Calvo and Burreson, 2002


What to do about qpx
What to do about QPX

  • Remove infected clams

  • Do not transport clams from one area to another

  • Limit Densities of growing clams

  • Choose local seed


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