BOSTON (AP) – The lowly quahog will be the official shellfish of Massachusetts if a bill making its way through the Statehouse becomes law.

The hard-shelled clam has helped feed generations of New Englanders and served as a form of currency for Native American tribes. The word “quahog” is a shortened version of the name given the clam by Narragansett Indians.

The bill that establishes the designation is scheduled for a public hearing Monday at the Statehouse before the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.

Taunton students have long pushed for the designation. Students often learn about state government by proposing official emblems for the state.

Other bills at the same hearing would designate TV personality Rex Trailer as the state’s official cowboy and volleyball as the official recreational and team sport.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. Paul says:

    I am so glad that our reps at the state house are so busy with the really important stuff. What next…the stae’s favorite bathroon tissue?

  2. Taxachusetts says:

    They are just killing time before their next vacation or the filing of their next salary increase bill.

  3. Taxpayer says:

    I’m sure they are imported also.

  4. Italo says:

    I couldn’t wait to read the comments on this one…lol, right on guyz! They can get this through, but they couldn’t find their way, communicate, agree, or vote their way out of a clear ZipLoc sandwich bag! Unreal.

  5. BILL says:


  6. jasmine says:

    Just saw the TV report on this. You think WBZ could show actual quahogs(hardshell clams) instead of steamers(softshell clams)?

    1. Taxachusetts says:

      Well I guess they won’t be on the next bill…The “official ” State news station….(because that requires a State sanctioned bribe….or are we calling them “fees” in this state.

  7. Willow says:

    Are you kidding me??? Who cares???? Get down to some real business already!

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