Rangia and Marsh Clams, Rangia cuneata, R. flexuosa, and Polymesoda caroliniana, in Eastern México: Distribution, Biology and Ecology, and Historical Fisheries

Wakida-Kusunoki, Armando T. and MacKenzie, Jr., Clyde L. (2004) Rangia and Marsh Clams, Rangia cuneata, R. flexuosa, and Polymesoda caroliniana, in Eastern México: Distribution, Biology and Ecology, and Historical Fisheries. Marine Fisheries Review, 66(3), pp. 13-20.

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Abstract

Rangia and marsh clams, Rangia cuneata, R. flexuosa, and Polymesoda caroliniana, occur in brackish waters along México’s eastern coast from the northern State of Tamaulipas to the southern State of Campeche. The clams were important to the prehispanic people in the southern part of the State of Veracruz, where they were used as food and as construction material. In modern times, they are harvested for food. The fishermen wade in shallow water and harvest the clams in soft sediments by hand. Annual landings of whole clams during a recent 5-yr period, 1998–2002, were 1,139–1,695 t. The only area with a substantial ongoing clam fishery is in the Lower Papaloapan River Basin, including Alvarado Lagoon, where as many as 450 fishermen are licensed harvesters. This fishery for the Rangia and marsh clams is the most important clam fishery along México’s Gulf Coast.

Item Type: Article
Title: Rangia and Marsh Clams, Rangia cuneata, R. flexuosa, and Polymesoda caroliniana, in Eastern México: Distribution, Biology and Ecology, and Historical Fisheries
Personal Creator/Author:
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Wakida-Kusunoki, Armando T.
MacKenzie, Jr., Clyde L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 66
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 13-20
Date: 2004
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9720
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 17:49
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2012 17:49
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9720

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