Commercial catches sampling program in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence – Stimpson`s surfclam (Mactromeris polynyma)

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The Quebec region of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is responsible for the assessment of several fish and invertebrate stocks exploited in the Estuary and the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. The commercial catches sampling program is one of the sources of information used to complete these assessments. The data collected by this program, at wharf or at sea, offers among other things the advantage of a relatively large spatio-temporal coverage and provides some of the necessary knowledge to assess the demography and the structure of the exploited populations. This program is implemented by specialized DFO staff whose main mandate is to collect biological data on groundfish, pelagic fish and marine invertebrate species that are commercially exploited in the various marine communities.


This dataset on Stimpson`s surfclam (Mactromeris polynyma) includes the metadata, sample weight, the shell width and the number of specimens measured. This dataset covers the periods of 1992, 1994-1998 and 2000-2019. In order to protect the confidentiality of the sources, some informations (such as those concerning the vessel) have been excluded and others (such as the date of capture) have been simplified. Entries where there was only one vessel in a fishing area for a given year were also excluded. Further information including the fishing areas coordinates can be found by clicking on the «Atlantic and Arctic commercial fisheries» and «Fishing areas» links below.

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Contact Information

Delivery Point: 850 Route de la Mer

City: Mont-Joli

Administrative Area: Quebec

Postal Code: G5H 3Z4

Country: Canada

Electronic Mail Address:

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