When clams are harvested from nature they normally contain some sand, which is not appreciated by consumers. Therefore, clams are stored in clean, cold seawater for a period of minimum 1 day. The shells then open and expel the sand and silt. This process also allows the clams to detoxify and relax for further live transport. ACE designed and built a Clam desanding system, or “depuradora” that can handle up to 45 ton clams per day.