Monday, July 10, 2006
Clam Farming In Cedar Key
As promised, I got to go clam farming again. This time there was no tropical storm nipping at our heels. In fact, the conditions were perfect with hardly a ripple on the Gulf.
In the collage above, the two left photos are of the tiny clam "seed" that will go into the mesh bags that make up that green clam "belt" in the upper right photo. In that picture, Kelly is zip tying the bags shut.
The bottom right picture is a basket of harvested market size clams.
The photo above shows Kelly and his brother in law Bill preparing to plant the clam belt from the collage pictures. This is the only part that involves a little diving as the belt has to be secured to the bottom.
Most of the harvest took place in low water conditions. The general procedure was to pull a bag of clams from the mud, swish it back and forth to lose the mud, and then lift it up onto the boat. This shot is of Kelly (in water), Bill, and Mr. B.
Posted by R.Powers at 1:54 PM