Bob Clifford and Lauren Vunderink, environmental educator at the Buzzards Bay Coalition, walk out to deeper water off Fort Taber in New Bedford, Mass. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Tools of the Trade
Quahog rakes are dragged, tines down, through the sand until you hear the distinctive 'clink' of a struck quahog shell. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
For those who don't like to get wet, waders are recommended. The best quahogs are found in knee- to waist-deep water along a sandy shore. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
You Say Quahog, I Say Clam
Quahog is just another word for clam. Unlike steamer clams, quahogs live just a few inches down in the sand. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Dan and Gillian Carlucci of Marion, Mass. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Just a Little Peck
Cassie Lawson, outdoor educator for the Buzzards Bay Coalition, holds a peck basket, which is the legal limit recreational quahoggers can collect in a week. All those who harvest quahogs must have a permit from their municipality. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
On the Rocks
This basket brought up only a few quahog-sized stones. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Show and Shell
Trinity Brown of Lowell, Mass., shows off what she caught. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Trinity helps her mom, Karonika Brown, of Lowell, Mass. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Combing the Waters
Bob Clifford of Mattapoisett, Mass. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Clams and Spiders
A spider crab is a surprise find in one of the basket rakes. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Matthew of New Bedford, Mass., has done this many times before. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)
Another spider crab caught and released.
Junior and his daughter Gianna of Acushnet, Mass., contemplate their next step.
Strength in Numbers
Junior and Gianna examine their catch.
Gianna uses a gauge to measure a quahog before putting it in the peck basket. Only quahogs that measure an inch at the hinge can be legally harvested. Smaller ones must be released.
Sharing the Bounty
Freddie Estremera of Fairhaven, Mass., right, plucks a quahog from a friend's basket.