The name "clam" covers a wide variety of bivalve molluscs found along Canada's Atlantic coast. Main species in the commercial catch include the soft shell clam, the bar or surf clam, and the quahaug.
On Prince Edward Island harvesting methods include commercial hydraulic, manual and recreational. The clam industry is currently regulated by season, gear type, and minimum size limits.
Bar clams are principally shucked and canned or bottled for use in commercial clam chowders, clam strips, and stews. Bar clams are harvested from April to December.