FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield residents can show up at Sasco Beach on Saturday morning, Aug. 2, if they want to learn how to harvest their own clams at a free clinic hosted by the Fairfield Shellfish Commission.
“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 Robert Bilek, chairman of the Shellfish Commission.
The shellfish bed at Sasco Beach was recently restocked with more than 11,000 clams for residents to harvest. Participants in the clinic won't need permits, Bilek said, but they will be needed if residents want to harvest clams in the future.
The clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the beach. Each resident in attendance will be taught how to harvest the local clams and will be able to keep what they catch if they choose.
The commission will be providing clam rakes and gauges if participants need them.
“I encourage all of our citizens to visit Sasco Beach to experience this fun recreational activity which is not offered by most towns,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.
After the clinic, locally prepared clam chowder will be available for sampling by those who participate, Bilek said.
The event is weather dependent and those interested in the clinic should call the Shellfish Hotline at 203-256-3074 to make sure that the Sasco Hill Beach Recreational Bed is open.
The rain date for the event is Sunday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.