Small Scales

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 in Saint Ann's Basin Clamming in Annapolis Basin

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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About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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