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The Clamor Over Clams

Randy Kreil

jpg--author collecting clams

Originally published in:
North Dakota Outdoors
(June, 1992)

Official Publication of the
State Game and Fish Department
100 North Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501-5095


A clamor rang throughout the state during late summer of 1990. From the halls of the state capitol to the Bronco Cafe in Lisbon, "clams" emerged as the new topic of conversation.

Clams? In North Dakota? Those mouthwatering, saltwater delicacies enjoyed daily by coastal dwelling friends and relatives? In North Dakota, the only place to find these clams, it seems, is at restaurants.

North Dakota has clams which are known as freshwater mussels. Many species of this simple, ancient form of aquatic life occur in our rivers, streams, and lakes. Before we can fully understand why clams might be a topic of wide interest, it may help to know a little about them and their life history.


This resource is based on the following source:

Kreil, Randy. 1992. The clamor over clams. North Dakota Outdoors 54(10):10-13.

This resource should be cited as:

Kreil, Randy.  1992.  The clamor over clams.  North Dakota Outdoors 54(10):10-13.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/inverts/ndclam/index.htm (Version 16JUL97).


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