Clam lovers celebrate a Rhode Island favorite, the quahog, this weekend at the annual quahog festival in Warren.

The hard shell clams, which live mud flats from Canada to Florida, are considered a local delicacy on Narragansett Bay. Matunuck Oyster Bar’s head chef Jeffrey Cruff prepares more than 100 stuffed quahogs a day.

One Square Mile: Bristol's Quahoggers

Oct 11, 2013
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Quahoging has long been a major industry in the town of Bristol, situated right on the waterfront.  But as the population of local fishermen ages, and market prices plummet, the industry faces some serious threats.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out on a boat with a young quahogger to find out more about the town's historic industry.

If Rep. Joseph McNamara gets his way, calamari will become the official state appetizer. The stuffie shouldn’t take this personally.

If McNamara’s bill becomes law, then Rhode Island calamari would be listed as the official state appetizer on the state’s website and in promotional material. And the way McNamara sees it that could land the phrase, “Rhode Island calamari” on restaurant menus across the country, giving the state’s biggest catch a little buzz marketing. As for the quahog and the stuffie, McNamara says it’s not personal.