Long Island Baymen Unhappy Over Razor Clam Cuts
April 2, 2012
27East.com: The deep tans on the faces of the men who filed into Town Hall one evening last week were not earned lounging on a beach at a Caribbean vacation spot. They were the mid-winter tans that can be maintained in these parts only by spending long days in the sun and wind of the local bays.
The stern looks of the 40 or so baymen—some in their early 20s, others well into their 70s—was testimony to the seriousness of the rare gathering of the region’s few remaining residents who earn a living harvesting fish and shellfish in the East End’s tidal estuaries.
The issue that brought them together was a recent proposal by the Southampton Town Trustees to severely limit the harvesting of razor clams, a thin clam species that resembles a barber’s straight razor.