On Saturday, June 8th from 9 am – 11 am, the Town of Fairfield’s Shellfish Commission will host its annual Clam Clinic at Sasco Beach, 1401 Sasco Hill Road, Southport, for local residents to learn about Fairfield’s natural shellfish resources. (Rain Date: June 22, 8:30am –10:30am)
“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 John Short, Chairman of the Shellfish Commission.
The recreational shellfish bed will be replenished in advance of the event to ensure an abundant stock is available for harvesting.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn harvesting techniques, keep their own catch, and sample local chowder. Gear, including clam rakes, buckets, and gauges will be available for use.
All are encouraged to bring their own towels and footwear for the water. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.
This event is free and a shellfishing permit is not required. Permits will be available for sale at the event for future use along with shellfish t-shirts and hats.
For more information, including rain date information, please contact the Fairfield Conservation Department at (203) 256-3071.
To view photos from previous Clam Clinics, please click here.
The photo, taken by Karen Kucinski, shows clams harvested from the 2017 Clam Clinic.