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Conservation Research Institute

Person's hands prying open wet wood to show 'Naked clams' inside the structure

Researchers hoping to rebrand a marine pest as a nutritious food have developed the world’s first system of farming shipworms, which they have renamed ‘Naked Clams’.

Naked Clams, the world’s fastest-growing bivalve, which reach 30cm in just six months by converting waste wood into protein. Researchers found these clams contain high levels of Vitamin B12 and can be fortified with omega-3 fatty acids by incorporating algae-based feed. A novel aquaculture system was developed, addressing concerns about water quality and food safety, with a modular design adaptable to urban settings. The clams, with a taste resembling oysters, are seen as a sustainable, nutritious food source and a potential substitute for white meat in processed foods. The research, published in Sustainable Agriculture, aims to optimize growth and nutritional profiles while scaling up for commercial use.

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Willer, D F et al: ‘Naked Clams to open a new sector in sustainable nutritious food production.’ Sustainable Agriculture, Nov 23. DOI: 10.1038/s44264-023-00004-y