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Dredging scallops in Peconic Bay

Nathan Andruski, scallop fishing in Peconic Bay, dumps

Nathan Andruski, scallop fishing in Peconic Bay, dumps the haul of one scallop dredge on a wooden table where he will sort the seaweed, shells, stones and snails from the scallops. (Jan. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Dredging for scallops is an icy challenge for Nathan Andruski of Southhold, a bayman who loves his work and being his own boss. Scallop season runs from November through the month of March.
January 2011

Nathan Andruski leaves his home in Southold for
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski leaves his home in Southold for the docks at 6 o'clock in the morning for, at this time of year, six hours of scallop fishing. Andruski has been dredging for scallops in the Peconic Bay on the North Fork of Long Island for most of his life. If the weather holds, Nathan likes to fish 6 days a week. (Jan. 28, 2011)

On a frigid morning, scallop fisherman Nathan Andruski
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

On a frigid morning, scallop fisherman Nathan Andruski uncovers his boat, which is encased in ice at the dock at the New Suffolk Shipyard. Deep into scallop season, Andruski tries to fish six hours a day, six days a week. (Jan. 28, 2011)

On a 25 degree day, Nathan Andruski tries
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

On a 25 degree day, Nathan Andruski tries to back up the boat through the ice so he can head into Peconic Bay to fish for scallops. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski steers his boat, a 20-foot Privateer,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski steers his boat, a 20-foot Privateer, out of the dock toward Peconic Bay, where scallop season runs from November through March. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski tosses an emptied dredge out into
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski tosses an emptied dredge out into the icy waters of Peconic Bay. He'll drag the dredge for 15 to 20 minutes before hauling it in again. When scallop season began, Andruski’s was one of about 50 boats jamming bay. By late January, his boat is one of seven. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski, 30, of Southold, has been dredging
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski, 30, of Southold, has been dredging for scallops in the Peconic Bay on the North Fork of Long Island for most of his life. Scallop season runs from November through March. Depending on the weather, he usually fishes six days a week. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski, scallop fishing in Peconic Bay, dumps
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski, scallop fishing in Peconic Bay, dumps the haul of one scallop dredge on a wooden table where he will sort the seaweed, shells, stones and snails from the scallops. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Scallops can be seen through the metal mesh
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Scallops can be seen through the metal mesh of one of Nathan Andruski's dredges. The 30-year-old Southold resident has been dredging for scallops in the Peconic Bay on the North Fork of Long Island for most of his life. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski sorts the scallops from seaweed, crabs,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski sorts the scallops from seaweed, crabs, snails and shells on one of two wooden tables on his boat, tossing the rest back into the bay. (Jan. 28, 2011)

A plump scallop is the prize for Nathan
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A plump scallop is the prize for Nathan Andruski, a Southold resident who has been fishing in Peconic Bay for most of his life. (Feb. 4, 2011)

Nathan Andruski sorts through one dredge that has
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski sorts through one dredge that has brought up shells, grass, snails and his cash crop, scallops. Scallops that don't measure up to state standards are tossed back. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Scallops sit in a bucket of cold saltwater
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Scallops sit in a bucket of cold saltwater on Nathan Andruski's boat as his fishes in Peconic Bay. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski bags and tags his bay scallops,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski bags and tags his bay scallops, clearly identifying the harvest area in Peconic Bay. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski throws the bags of the day's
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski throws the bags of the day's scallop catch on the dock back at New Suffolk shipyard. He delivers his bags to Braun's Seafood -- where the catch will be shelled and delivered the same day to local restaurants and purveyors. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski carries one of the five bags
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski carries one of the five bags of scallops he harvested up the dock to his truck. From the dock he'll take them to Braun Seafood, which will process and deliver the scallops to restaurants and food purveyors. (Jan. 28, 2011)

Nathan Andruski drops off his scallop harvest at
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Nathan Andruski drops off his scallop harvest at Braun Seafood in Cutchogue. Andruski, 30 and a Southold resident who is president of the Southold Town Baymen’s Association, fishes for clams, bluefish, sea bass, porgies and blackfish when scallops aren't in season. (Jan. 28, 2011)

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