This young man cleans shellfish harvested earlier this morning.

The shellfish are on the bottom of the bay and he uses a net to bring them up, a net weighted heavy that he casts out by hand, lets sink to the bottom, then wrestles up and into his small boat with shellfish captured in it.

He cleans his catch in a homemade sifter made from two by fours with a screen mesh nailed to the underside. On the concrete steps this morning he pours sea water over his catch and moves shells around in the bottom of the sifter with his hand to make mud stuck to the shellfish dissolve. It takes him three different pours before he scoops clean shells out of his sifter and puts them into a plastic five gallon paint bucket to sell to his customers.

While he works, seals swim to the edge of the walkway and bark. They are begging, but getting no response from either of us they take a breath of air and disappear back into their murky water.

There are plenty of steps one has to go through to get shellfish from the sea onto your plate.

These shell fish will end up on a local restaurant menu, part of a lunch special for visitors wearing diamond earrings and Rolex watches.

For some people, time and money mean the same thing and you don’t want to waste either.

 

 

 

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