Baby Clam

(Paphia undulata)

Baby clam, Undulate venus, Short-necked clam, Surf clam, Nylon clam

1. What is it?

Baby clams (Paphia undulata) are a type of marine bivalve mollusk found along sandy seabeds. Very little is known about their biology or their resilience to high fishing pressures. In Vietnam, the stock is considered to be overexploited.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Baby clams are fished by hand collection, which is a highly selective process. Therefore, the amount of bycatch is low and often restricted to the organisms living on the shell. There is no damage to benthic species or the benthic environment.

3.Where is it from?

Clams are caught in waters around Vietnam and imported to South Africa. Management of this fishery is unknown as no management strategy is readily available.