The Atlantic surf clam is harvested commercially off the Northeast USA coast, including waters off New York, New Jersey Maryland, Virginia, and on Georges Bank.
Surf clams are also known as skimmer clam, hen clam, sea clam, giant clam, and bar clam. Surf clams range from 4 to 8 inches in length.
After harvesting, surf clams are processed into breaded fried strips, chopped and canned meat, and clam juice.
The meat of surf clams is sweet and delicately flavored. It is popular in chowders, bisques, linguine, and other dishes.