Clams have helped put the island community of Cedar Key on the map.

The bivalve is a key component of cuisine in town, but its reach is global. Anywhere from 100-125-million clams a year ship out of Cedar Key, to destinations such as New York City and San Francisco.

Ninety percent of the state’s crop comes from here, with more than 150 certified growers hauling in their catch. The cluster industry employs about 500 workers, contributing $35-million to the Big Bend region’s economy.

We’re working on a piece highlighting the impact aquaculture and particularly clam farming has for the Nature Coast and beyond. (Pictured below: a hard day’s work by B&E Seafood). We’ll keep you posted.