Created By: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Look out over the railing by these kisoks toward Dog Island. Do you see the PVC poles on the horizon? These are clam farms. Growing there, millions of hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, tended by local aquaculture growers.
Oysters and clams support an important industry in the Cedar Key area, providing food, jobs, and ecosystem services (like water filtration). The clam aquaculture industry began in the 1990s and today, there are about 800 acres of aquaculture leases in the nearshore coastal waters of Levy County dedicated to clam farming. You can find both wild-harvested and aquacultured oysters for sale in local restaurants and fish houses. Make sure you find a way to enjoy these delicacies during your visit! Read the kiosk panels for more information about each fishery.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Big Bend Shellfish Trail - Cedar Key (Driving)