Season of uncertainty for shellfishermen

Season of uncertainty for shellfishermen (January 15, 2007)

“Welcome to ”As the Oyster Turns,” the continuing saga of the beloved bivalve and the people who can’t live without them. When last we met, warm weather was flooding the flats, mostly a good thing. But could danger lurk behind the balmy days?”

Having hoped to do some clamming this weekend, but deciding not to out of laziness, I realize it’s been a while since this blog has held up its tagline’s promise of talking about clamming strategies. Today’s Cape Cod Times has an interesting article that talks about the practice of “pitting” oysters — removing them from their beds where they can be damaged by extremely low winter temperatures and the scouring action of winter ice — and parking them in a basement storage area where they can sit out the winter, dormant, out of water. I did not know that.

Not an issue this year, as this looks like the winter that isn’t.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

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