Thursday, March 15, 2007

How to dig clams on the Bay of Fundy

My recent attempt at creating a new Bay of Fundy sport (ice cake scambling) put me in mind of one of our longtime coastal activities - clam digging. The vast expanse of the Bay of Fundy's intertidal zone (the ocean floor that is exposed at low tide) proves to be an excellent area for digging bar clams.

Tools required for this exercise include: pitch fork, bucket and clothes that you don't mind getting really muddy.

Small holes in the sand/mud are your first clue that you are in 'clam country'. When you spot one, poke the pitchfork gently into the hole or step near the outside edge of the hole . If water spurts up, start digging with the pitch fork and retrieve the clam or cluster of clams.

If you're interested in digging clams while you visit the Bay, consult the local Department of Fisheries and Oceans for details on the clamming season and safe digging zones.


Peter Davison said...

There is nothing like the sensation of clam flat mud oozing up thru ones toes. Every child and the young at heart should experience it. Thanks to Terri for bringing back warm memories

Alex said...

Cool blog Terri!

Anonymous said...

The Bay of Fundy was a clue in a crossword puzzle I just completed so I Googled it to find out more. Fascinating! Great blog you have here.

Anonymous said...

Most stimulating blogsite you have set up here , Terri. I have very recently moved back to the Saint John area where I grew up in the late thirties and forties .... and one of the ten reasons for returning home was to go clamming as often as I could along the Fundy Shore between Maces Bay and Black's Harbour before boarding the hearse for the Big Ride. Thanks for the encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Yes Peter
There's nothing like that sensation till you get a broken or abandoned clam shell in your foot. Saftey first when clamming, wear high rubber boots with thick warm socks.

The Clammer
Tracadie Nova Scotia