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Summer nightmare: Clam strips are in short supply

HARTFORD – It’s one of the longstanding New England debates: whole belly clams or clam strips?

Devotees of the latter, though, may have trouble finding them on the menus of local clam shacks this summer, as shack managers and owners are reporting a significant decline in the supply of clams that are used for strips, according to The Day.

The shortage, which some say has been caused by a drop in the amount of clams being harvested coupled with mechanical problems with some boats used by a major clam strip distributor in Rhode Island, comes at a time of “wicked high demand” for clam strips, according to Sam Hanley, the manager of Costello’s Clam Shack in Noank.

Mystic seafood shack Sea Swirl posted this message to customers on Facebook and Instagram:

Dear Friends,
We take great pride in what we serve at Sea Swirl, and we will use only the freshest ingredients. We have been struggling this summer to offer fresh clam strips, as there has been a shortage since early June.
Because we won’t serve you frozen clam strips that came from who-knows-where, there may be days when we don’t have clam strips available on our menu. We apologize in advance if this happens when you visit – but please know it is because we only serve the best!
You can always give us a quick call before you come over to check: (860) 536-3452
Our distributor is working hard to make sure we get the best clam strips every day – hopefully this will be resolved soon!

Dear Friends, We take great pride in what we serve at Sea Swirl, and we will use only the freshest ingredients. We have been struggling this summer to offer fresh clam strips, as there has been a shortage since early June. Because we won't serve you frozen clam strips that came from who-knows-where, there may be days when we don't have clam strips available on our menu. We apologize in advance if this happens when you visit – but please know it is because we only serve the best! You can always give us a quick call before you come over to check: (860) 536-3452 Our distributor is working hard to make sure we get the best clam strips every day – hopefully this will be resolved soon! #seaswirlct #eatlocal #clamstrips #noworries #fingerscrossed #needmoreclamstrips

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