Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for clam diggers. Some of the highest density purple varnish clam beds are easily accessed from. Its proximity to the ocean also makes it a very productive seasonal crabbing area
If you’re looking for an adequate spot for clamming, travel to the southernmost edge of the city to the Siletz Bay a couple of hours after the low tide, this is when most ocean creatures and crustaceans seem the most active and the waters’ currents won’t mess around with your crab trapping equipment.
Clamming is considered a highly sustainable practice because the environmental impacts of farming plankton-filtering species are minimal. Feeds, fertilizers and chemicals are not used, and effluent and habitat impacts are very low.
Clams are a low fat, high protein seafood choice with an above average amount of healthful minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium and B vitamins like niacin.
The folks at Sustainable Living Center in Lincoln City are offering a clamming clinics all summer long.
Each clinic begins with a brief overview of Oregon’s clam digging or crabbing regulations, identification and harvest methods, and cleaning and cooking details. Each participant 12 and older should purchase equipment prior to attending the clinic
Clammers will also need a shovel, pair of gloves and a clam bucket or clam bag. Clammers should be on the lookout for purple varnish clams and soft-shell clams, which are easy to prepare and delicious in chowder, pasta or steamed and dipped in butter.
Clam Gun. The Clam Gun is a proven tool for clamming in Siletz Bay. Simply push the tube down over the clam dimple with a rocking or circular motion. Block the air vent with a finger or thumb. Pull up the core of sand.
One starts by pounding the sand near the waterline on an ebbing tide. Every time one tamp around a clam, it will make a hole as the clam neck goes back down… the dimple that it leaves in the sand is how you know that there’s a clam down there.”
With a quick push of the barrel, Watt’s clam gun slices three feet deep into the sand. Quickly retrieves the gun, and spills out the tube full of sand with a five-inch-long razor clam.