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Harvesting clam gold

Posted 6/3/21

Harvesting clam gold According to the Department of Environmental Management 150 shellfishermen turned out last Wednesday morning for the opening of the lower Providence River for a first time in 75 years. Under an experimental program, 1,900 acres of

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According to the Department of Environmental Management 150 shellfishermen turned out last Wednesday morning for the opening of the lower Providence River for a first time in 75 years. Under an experimental program, 1,900 acres of waters between Conimicut and Nayatt Points north to a line between Gaspee and Bullocks Points will be open to shellfishing 27 days this summer. Michael McGiveney, president of the RI Shellfishermens Association, who fished the area, was surprised by the quantity of smaller clams. After being closed for so many years he imagined there would be a greater mix of large clams. He said he caught his limit – 6 bushels – as did many others. McGiveney said prices held up Friday, but going forward that could be a challenge. McGiveney said opening the area “bought out a lot of guys I hadn’t seen in a long time.” He won’t be seeing them again for at least another week as weekend rains closed the area. This was the scene as pictured from Shawomet Avenue in Conimicut. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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