Ken Tolley has been fishing since he was seventeen. Through the years, he made most of his living codfishing, but always did shellfishing, like bay scallops, on the side. He likes to go bay scallop fishing because it is exciting and offers a good change of scenery at the end of the cod fishing season. Ken's son Andy serves as his mate.
"This has always been a well—managed fishery by the Chatham shellfish department. I remember back in the 70s, it seemed like the whole town was getting in on it, and it was really exciting. My mate and I would bring in 20 bushels a day. (We were each allowed 10 bushels.) That was a lot of shucking! We'd have to hire helpers just to get the meats to market. Today, we have a six "legal limit" basket allowance per person, and two Chatham residents are allowed to harvest per boat."