by Sadie Beaton
“You gotta be awful stubborn to make a living,” Terry Wilkins says of clamming.
57 years old now, Terry has been digging clams in the tidal flats of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Basin since he was eleven years old. He’s seen many tides of change in his industry, clamming his way through major environmental, economic and social shifts.
There have been hard times, sure. But with innovative opportunities growing in experiential tourism– and a new collaborative management plan that puts clammers in the driver’s seat –the tide seems to be turning for this important small-scale fishery.
Clamming is as small-scale as it gets. Terry’s gear consists of a wheelbarrow, a pair of good rubber boots and a bent spading fork known as a “hack.” This fishery has changed very little over time- the Mi ‘Kmaq showed hungry European settlers how to dig…
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