The geoduck is an impressive clam, distinguished by its long siphon. It is now farmed on a small scale in British Columbia.
Geoducks are farmed in shallow waters, where they are buried in the soft seabed and protected by plastic sleeves.
There are hatcheries on the West Coast that produce geoduck seeds. They look just like adult geoducks, except that they are tiny.
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Geoducks are popular in Asian cooking, and most of the geoducks grown in Canada are sold to the Asian market.
Although they look very different from their relatives, geoducks are part of the clam family.
The long siphon of the geoduck has two openings at the end. One brings in oxygen-rich water and phytoplankton, and the other pushes out extra water.
Geoduck farming changes the way humans use and enjoy the beaches where it is practiced. However, scientists have found that the farms have little impact on other living things such as worms, crabs, and clams.
If allowed, geoducks can live for many years. The oldest recorded geoduck was 168 years old!