|On-board handling of Surf Clams (N.Stolpe photo)|
|Docked in the shadow of the casinos
in the Marina section, Atlantic City's commercial fishing fleet focuses
almost exclusively on surf clams and ocean quohogs. This specialized fishery,
accomplished primarily by larger (70 to 150 feet in total length) vessels
equipped with hydraulic dredges, provides much of the world's supply of
minced clams and clam strips.
With no clam processing facilities in Atlantic City, the clams landed there are trucked to plants in Southern New Jersey or on the Delmarva peninsula.