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Flo Sharkey: Clammer


Flo Sharkey is a 2nd-generation baywoman who is an active member of the Brookhaven Baymen’s Association. As a young girl Flo learned how to clam, scallop, crab and eel from her father. She works full-time on the bay from her waterfront dock and home in Patchogue. Flo and other baymen advise the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council on issues that affect their livelihoods.

Audio symbol Click here to learn how Flo and her brothers learned to harvest clams in Great South Bay.