Razor clams

Navajas, Cannolicchi,

The 13 species within the genus Ensis occur along Atlantic coastlines and are often called razor clams, razor fish or Jackknife clams. Ensis species in Dutch waters are usually found in subtidal waters down to and probably below 20 meters deep. They occur in open sea areas with strong water movements buried in clean sandy sediments. Ensis have a strong muscular foot with which they dig deep burrows. Three Ensis species are native to the Dutch coastal zone but none have ever been recorded as abundant. It was not until the development of the non-native Ensis leei (formerly Ensis directus) from the western Atlantic that razor clams became abundant in Dutch waters. The regulated Dutch Ensis fishery started in 2005 and is now one of the most productive Dutch bivalve fisheries. The Dutch Ensis fishery is the first MSC certified fishery for an introduced species. The Dutch Ensis fishery takes place in the Dutch coastal zone, which is the coastal area shallower than 20 m below NAP within the Dutch waters (12 mile zone).

Lenger Seafoods fishes razor clams with its own vessel and catches are landed daily for immediate processing in the Dutch Lenger Seafoods plants in Harlingen and Yerseke. Various presentations are available:

Razor Clams, Navajas, Cannolicchi, Couteaux
Ensis directus
FAO 27

Presentation: Packaging format
Fresh Alive: Net, Tray
IQF: Bulk, Poly Bag, Tray
Frozen: Vacuum Bag
Preserved: Can