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Fairfield Residents To Learn How To Harvest Shellfish

Members of the Fairfield Shellfish Commission helped to restock the shellfish bed off of Sasco Hill Beach.
Members of the Fairfield Shellfish Commission helped to restock the shellfish bed off of Sasco Hill Beach. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Richard Ferrari

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Town of Fairfield Shellfish Commission will host a clam dig at Sasco Hill Beach on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. for  residents to learn about Fairfield’s natural shellfish resources.

“This event provides an opportunity for Fairfield residents, including children, to experience the basics of harvesting shellfish while learning the importance of Fairfield’s natural shellfish ecosystem,” said Sandy Wakeman, chairman of the Shellfish Commission.

Participants will be taught harvesting techniques and can keep their own catch. Gear, including rakes, will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own towels. There will also be an opportunity to sample locally prepared clam chowder.

While Tropical Storm Sandy was responsible for serious damage along Fairfield’s shoreline in October, the Sasco Beach Shellfish Bed was significantly improved by the storm washing sand closer to the shore, making for an ideal shellfish environment. The Sasco Beach Shellfish Bed was recently restocked with more than 25,000 clams for residents to harvest.

No reservation is required. Call the Shellfish Hotline at 203-256-3074 to ensure the Sasco Beach Recreational Bed is open. The rain date for the event is Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

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