DOAG: Species Available for Harvest in Connecticut

 
 
Species Available for Recreational Harvest in Connecticut
 
 
{oyster}

Eastern or Atlantic oyster (Crassostrea virginica), also known as the "Blue Point Oyster." (Recreational size minimum 3.0")

 

{Hard, Round or Quahog Clam} Hard, Round, or Quahog clam (Mercenaria mercenaria). Commercial market terms by size large to small: Chowders->3", Cherrystones-2.5"-3", Necks (little and top) 1.5"-2.5". (Recreational size minimum 1.5" long or 1.0" thick)

 

{Long, Soft-Shelled or Steamer Clam }

Long, Soft-shelled, or Steamer clams (Mya arenaria) (Recreational minimum size 1.5" long.)

 

{Razor or Jacknife Clam} Razor or Jackknife clam (Encis directus) (Recreational minimum size 1.5 long.)

 

{Drawing of a surf clam. }

 

Surf Clam (Spisula solidissima) (Recreational minimum size 1.5 long.)

 

{mussel}

Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) (The ribbed mussel has raised lines across its shell and is considered inedible. There are no size restrictions.)

 

{conch} Whelks, Conch, Winkles or Scungilli (Busycon species) Limit of one half bushel per day for recreational harvesting. More than a half bushel requires a license from DA/BA.

 

{scallop}  

Scallop, Bay Scallop (Argopectin irradians irradians)