Bonnie McCay is at Rutgers University. She says, “I would call myself an environmental or ecological anthropologist in that my work has always been focused on human beings relating to their natural environments. To anthropologists, the world is our oyster.”
To be accurate, Bonnie Mccay’s world…is a surf clam. She studies fishing communities up and down the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Cape Cod. And she’s gotten to know a story that impacts clams and clammers alike, and it’s been building steam for half a century. Have a listen.
Thanks to Tennessee Watson and Sondra Woodward, and to Atlantic Capes Fisheries Inc. Marketing Division for the sound effects of the clamming vessel. Music credit: Portland Clam Chowder by Bernard Purdie.