Clam Fresh

Formerly known as Dahman Oyster Company, Clam Fresh was purchased by the Squaxin Island Tribe in October of 2016. Clam Fresh’s main office, land-based nursery, greenhouse and FLUPSY are located on Totten Inlet. 15 acres of tidelands for shellfish farming were included in the acquisition, where Pacific Oysters, and Manilla clams are farmed.

Clam Fresh adds new capabilities to Squaxin Island Tribe’s aquaculture programs, such as nursing shellfish larvae to a size that is large enough to be introduced into the FLUPSY. There, they will continue to grow until they are ready for planting on the beach. Oyster seeds are directly planted on selected nursery beach lots, where they are grown to a cocktail size. After two to six months, depending on the time of year and the weather, the oysters are harvested and spread out over selected, single oyster grow-out beaches. There they are left for six to nine months until they reach a marketable size.

Another important function of the Clam Fresh operations is the algae production. The algae process begins in the laboratory where the algae is evaluated. If the results are shown as positive, the algae are then transferred to the greenhouse. The greenhouse has a capacity of 20,000 liters.

While Salish Seafoods and Clam Fresh operate separately, they assist each other in a variety of ways. The Clam Fresh oyster tidelands are strictly managed, planted, and harvested by Clam Fresh. From there they are transported to Salish Seafoods for processing and shipment. The Clam tidelands are managed by Clam Fresh, and Salish Seafoods Manila enhancement team.