I used to eat grilled geoduck sandwiches at a local joint called the Polar Bear; long since closed and gone.
These became a big delicacy in Asia, leading to a large export trade, much as what happened with local salmon roe a few decades ago here. One result was a considerable poaching problem.
This led in turn to geoduck farming, which has become a big business on Puget Sound, generating a good deal of controversy as well for its environmental effects.
The Asian, particularly Japanese, willingness to pay large sums for "exotic" seafood has had some major impacts on the various Pacific Northwest fisheries in recent times.
Among other impacts, one no longer sees fried geoduck on local grills.....

Last Edited By: Ed Winskill Jul 25 08 6:51 AM. Edited 1 time.