Antique Shellfish Harvesting Tools Project

Do you have any old shellfish tools hiding in your yard or barn?
Rakes? Tongs? Dredges? Worn out fingers?
Would you like to tell me about them and why you think they were designed that way?
Please help me with a special project on documenting Shellfish Harvesting Tools from Maine to Virginia.

If you have any information and/or photos please contact Gil Flimlin.
email: flimlin@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
phone: (732) 349-1152

Gef FlimlinGef Flimlin has worked since 1978 as Rutgers Cooperative Extension Marine Agent in Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture and is also a Full Professor at Rutgers University. He helped form the NJ Aquaculture Association, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, sits on several national extension aquaculture committees, has served as both Vice President and Member at Large of the Executive Committee of the National Shellfisheries Association, and two subcommittees of the US Aquaculture Society where he was on the Board of Directors. Gef has been a member of WAS/USAS since 1988. He has worked in many phases of shellfish aquaculture including field experiments, disease tests, new species trials, production gear design and implementation, seafood handling to reduce food contamination, shellfish marketing and post harvest processing. Gef is one of the few who has focused on the culture and marketing of aquatic plants, instead of how to kill them. His vision for the near future is to continue the engagement of USAS with Corporate Sponsorship and the Aquaculture Suppliers Association to provide direction and potentially support for the student members to create knowledgeable, and able, employees for the aquaculture industry and its suppliers. Gef also wants to improve the communication among the membership through interactive web presence.

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