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Buckskin Giants of The Eastern Frontier-Independence Day 2014-Celebration of Freedom

PHOTO CREDIT-ROB RUSSO

East Greenwich News-One of the things that sets East Greenwich and Rhode Island apart from most of the other states in the union, is the presence of a particular brand of independent, rugged individuals called quahauggers (forget the other spellings, they are all derivations of this, the original word fromRead More…

Day in the Life: Bounty of the Bay

Each morning, dedicated groups of quahoggers leave from docks scattered throughout Narragansett Bay to dig up the natural and native bounty waiting to be harvested. Twenty-plus years ago, more than 2,000 commercial fishermen were quahoggers; this year there are 534 active licensed commercial quahoggers, and even fewer call it theirRead More…

April 29, 2013 Boston Fish Pier Rally Demands Disaster Deceleration for New England Fishing Industry

Harvesting The Bay – Fathers, Sons and Last of The Wild Shellfishermen

In an in-depth study of the Rhode Island shellfishing community where he was raised, a journalist celebrates the lives of his father and grandfather and probes the nature of sustainability. Huling describes the physically demanding life of these fishermen who haul the hard-shell clams, known as quahogs, from the depthsRead More…

Fatal Forecast

I was fortunate to learn early in my fishing career at the age of 21, that the laws of nature do not follow the laws of man. I was sailing on the 83′ F/V Edna May out of Sakonnet Point, Rhode Island, to haul lobster traps that were set along theRead More…

10/3/15 Sakonnet Lobster Sinks South of Block Island

10/3/16 The Sakonnet Lobster and the Edna May had fished together offshore for lobsters since the early 1980’s. Gary Mataronas owns the Edna May, and his brother Jimmy owned the Sakonnet Lobster. On October 3, 2016, the Sakonnet Lobster sank 40 miles south of Block Island RI. Fortunately all handsRead More…

Fatal Forecast Seas

These are two great videos of what conditions were like during the Fatal Forecast event. This video was taken from a 300′ ship, much larger than the fishing boats that were caught in the Fatal Forecast storm! The 50′ steel hulled lobster boat Fairwind ‘pitchpoled’, or flipped end over end, comingRead More…

Rouge Waves 100 Feet High Finally Documented

On February 15, 1982, the offshore oil drilling rig Ocean Ranger was struck by a rogue wave off the coast of Newfoundland that measured almost 100′ high.  This enormous rig capsized (it was held in place by twelve 45,000 pound anchors) and sank after being hit by the rogue wave, killingRead More…

S.H.A.R.C. – Sandy Hook Alliance of Real Clammers

S.H.A.R.C.-Sandy Hook Alliance of Real Clammers is a fishermans rights organization started in the fall of 2006 in Highlands N.J. whose main objective is to protect the rights of commercial fisherman and their way of life, and to get rid of NEMO. The ‘Swim That Rock’ website is dedicated toRead More…

Ice Breaking On The Justin Time-Winter 2014/5

Captain Joe Amato and his crew breaking ice on the Justin Time, East Greenwich Yacht Club-Winter 2014/5 Photo credit-Jim Russo Copyright 2010-2016 Jim Russo FreeAndCommon.com All rights reserved

Who Cares?

Who Cares? While working on this Free and Common project over the years, and my experience as a lifelong RI Quahogger, I was asked and told countless times by those involved in RI Quahogging, “WHO CARES ABOUT THESE ISSUES??? JUST GO TO WORK, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, AND DON’T THINKRead More…

Jimmy Wampum – RI Mussel Man

“I fed about 3500 people a wild, organic, and nutritious seafood product with that one boatload, which took a few hours to get. It was such a great feeling to take an underutilized  food source that was just lying at the bottom of Narragansett Bay, in unimaginable abundance, and feed peopleRead More…

THE Saltiest Seaside Shanty

This is one of the few AUTHORIZED photo’s of THE Saltiest Seaside Shanty in existence, and Free and Common is honored to host it!!! The legend of THE Saltiest Seaside Shanty is-The shrunken skeleton of the starving RI Quahogger appears eerily in the top window on nights around every moon, asking forRead More…

Nature’s Wild Perfection

THIS IS NATURE’S WILD PERFECTION-THE ONE THAT MAN CAN ONLY DREAM OF DUPLICATING WITH AQUACULTURE!!!!!  PHOTO CREDIT-PJ RUSSO

Biggie Smalls Quahogs

Natures perfection and biodiversity that man can only dream of matching with aquaculture! Photo credit-Phil ‘PJ’ Russo Copyright 2010-2016 Jim Russo FreeAndCommon.com All rights reserved  

The Rhode Island Quahog resource is incredibly abundant. The price for quahogs is so low that they are not worth catching, making quahogs a totally underutilized resource. We are talking quahogs here, not high priced little necks that the average Rhode Islander cant afford, yet is what the market is directed to. -- JR