Like I said, just a few years ago they were way cheaper. They weren't very common then either. A nice yellow green with blue spots tht was around 6" would retail for under $50. I don't understand why they don't farm more of these. They make the most sense for the food market and they would be pretty popular for the aquarium trade as well. Unfortuantely I don't need a huge one. I am for some 3-6" gigas. They will get huge on their own.
you guys should try connacting www.eastcoastclams.com and www.clamsdirect.com, i have been on a waiting list for a blue squamossa. just let them know what you are looking for and they will keep an eye out for you.
I had a conversation with G. Heslinga several years ago about gigas clams. Apparently of all the clam species, these guys are the hardest to get to spawn, especially to get them to release eggs. So that contributes quite a bit to the price and availability. My biggest gigas right now is over 13" and about 10 pounds.
Just some informations i found out about this issue speaking with Dave from PAF..
the reason why there are no Gigas imported for the last couple of months is because they are almost depleted in the wild..as some of you might know, the Gigas isn't a big portion in the aquarium trade..but its mostly for consumption..about 80% of the Gigas collected goes to Hong Kong or Taiwan as food..Some of the Taiwanese fishing boats has been going to the regions where gigas are collected in such a large quantities that they are almost depleted..Like someone above mentioned about its harder for them to spawn and almost impossible to farm..the Clams in the ocean now are so far apart from each other, where as no spawning are taking place anymore..some of the scientists in the region has manually removed gigas clams and put them closer to each other now..hoping that they will reproduce again..it is still a phase...and this is why we have not been able to get any Gigas clams in the US as they are restricted now for collecting.. (i think)
I've been told by Knopp that the majority of aquacultured gigas go to the food trade, since there is usually more demand for them there than in the aquarium trade. For the most part, they send us the 'colorful' and smaller species which are more appropriately sized for out tanks.