Scituate: Shellfish Constable Retiring After 40 Years

Scituate’s shellfish constable is retiring after 40 years of service.

Joe Strazdes has served the Scituate community for four decades as the town’s shellfish constable.

He was honored by the Scituate Board of Selectmen this week for his service.

Strazdes also worked for 37 years teaching social studies at Scituate High School.

He says his job included checking licenses and showing the diggers the correct way to handle the tools and shellfish.

“We would have sometimes over 100 people that would come out on a Sunday. So I’d go around to each flat checking licenses and just try to help them teaching them how to dig clams and preserve the resources. First I’d make sure they have the right digging tools, they can’t use pitch forks or shovels. From there I would strike up a friendly conversation and have a good rapport with the people that are out there,” said Strazdes.

The shell fishing season in Scituate runs from late fall through the winter, ending the season on June 1st.

Scituate shellfish constable Joe Strazdes has retired.

Scituate shellfish constable Joe Strazdes has retired


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