[VIDEO] A Visit To Rhode Island Clam

Every day, fishermen bring their clams to Rhode Island Clam on Water Street, where they are sorted for size, bagged and readied for sale.

Rhode Island Clam sits just south of the Harbourside and remains one of the last vestiges of the working waterfront that was known several decades ago as Scalloptown. 

Today, 5 to 50 shellfishermen bring their clams to R.I. Clam daily, depending on the weather. There the clams are processed – determining their size, number and the price they will yield. The equipment isn't fancy, but it is effective, separating the various size clams into different chutes and from there into bags. 

From there, they find there way around the globe, says owner Robert Smith. "They go all over the country and overseas."

R.I. Clam employee Matt Bouchier is the man seen in the video feeding the sorting machine.

gladys_kravitz October 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Can the public go in and buy clams or it is just wholesale?
Elizabeth McNamara October 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Great question, Gladys! I should have added that. You can stop by any time they are open to buy clams. Afternoons are a good bet.
HillResident October 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Great video! I have definitely always wondered about this place-- neat to see the insides, and great to know the public can buy clams there too. Thanks!
Mark Thompson October 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM


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