Our live clams are the 'Palourde' variety - also known as Japanese carpet shell or Manila and come direct from Poole Bay. Clams are available all year round but are at their best in the colder months. Clams offer a real taste of the sea with their fresh, salty aroma.
These clams come from The Poole Harbour Clam & Cockle Fishery in Dorset which is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Poole Bay is the second largest natural harbour in the world and the largest harvest area for Palourde clams in the UK.
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Supplied in our signature compostable packaging that can go in your food waste bin or composter. We don't use plastic nets.
Live Dorset Palourde clams
Clam, Manila (Ruditapes philippinarium)
Production method: Farmed, bottom culture
Production country: UK
The sustainability of shellfish can vary significantly depending on how and where it has been caught or farmed. Many single species are caught or farmed in a variety of ways and this range shows that, within a species, some sources may be more sustainable than others.
We use the 1-5 traffic light system developed by the Marine Conservation Society to help you choose the most environmentally sustainable shellfish.
'Best choices' are rated 1 and 2 (green), 'Fish to Avoid' are rated 5 (red). Ratings 3 and 4 mean 'Think' (yellow and amber), as there are better rated alternatives.
Manila clams farmed in the UK in bottom culture have little environmental impact and do not require any commercial feed sources as they get all of their nutrient requirements from the surrounding water.
Manila clam aquaculture is entirely sea-based and habitat concerns are minimal. No chemicals are used due to the rarity of disease and there is no concern about the impacts of effluents.