When I first lived on Anna Maria Island back in the early 1980s, we could walk out off the north end into Tampa Bay and in shallow water harvest sunray clams. Sweet, salty and delicious, they beat all the hard clams, like quahogs, cherrystones and little necks, hands down.
But then, as with most things natural, under the pressure of growth and development, they pretty much disappeared.
Now, they’re being grown for harvest, and the news looks good. Here’s a story from Tampa Bay times that has the details: