It's a crisp sunny morning in early October in the Washington County town of Pembroke and Tim Sheehan walks briskly across an empty parking lot to greet me. He'd been expecting good news about clam flats in northwestern Cobscook Bay being reopened, but instead of a parking lot full of diggers delivering clams to Gulf of Maine Inc., the seafood business on Route 1 he co-owns with his wife, Amy, there's just a quiet sunlit absence.Read More
Local shellfish dealer has harnessed area students to dig clams this summer creating 45+ well-paying part-time jobs. In these locales, hardworking kids took to area mudflats to earn money for their own cell phones, school clothes, classroom supplies and even their upcoming driver’s ed fees.Read More
The winter weather that is driving Mainers to distraction is making life even tougher than usual for Maine’s clam diggers.
From the shores of Cobscook Bay way Downeast to Waldoboro on the Midcoast, diggers are struggling to get access to the softshell clams they harvest for a living.Read More
You can’t say Tim Sheehan hasn’t been creative in trying to grow his seafood business, Gulf of Maine Inc. been creative in trying to grow his seafood business, Gulf of Maine Inc.
But trying to keep clam diggers working throughout the year—critical for the business, because restaurants want a steady supply—has left him at wit’s end. It also has hurt the business.Read More