Harvesting Alaska Clams

Hard shell clams, principally littleneck clams and razor clams are harvested in the cold waters of the Cook Inlet region. Littleneck and other hard shell clams (cockles and butter clams) are dug by hand shovel in the Kachemak Bay area. A commissioner’s permit is required. Razor clams are dug with shovels and clam “guns.”

Current and historical harvest areas are sandy beaches of lower Cook Inlet, the Alaska Peninsula, and near Cordova.

Recent statewide clam harvests have averaged about 750,000 lb worth slightly more than $1 million.