24.0953 Giant Clams (Tridacnidae).

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(a) It is unlawful to take, possess, sell or import any tridacnid clam from the waters of American Samoa that measure less than seven (7.0) inches when measured across the longest part of the shell.

(b) Tridacnid clams imported, sold or offered for sale must be in whole condition with meat still attached to the shell to facilitate the measuring of these clams.

(c) Tridacnid clams taken for personal consumption must remain whole condition until they reach the fisherman’s home or the place of consumption so that they may be measured.

(d) These restrictions shall not apply to clams raised in captivity providing the following:

(1) The clam farmer possess a valid aquaculture permit from the department; and

(2) The possess can demonstrate that the clam was raised in captivity.

History: DMWR regs., eff 3 Aug 95; Rule 02-12, eff 1 Nov 12.

Amendments: 2012, renumbering.