Other fishing techniques without equipment

Shellfish gathering

Shellfish gathering is a fishing method which is used at low tide to collect shellfish.

There are many different techniques depending on the species, from clam rakes to hand dredging for tellins. For some species, this is the main fishing method.


  • Cockles
  • Tellins
  • Pacific littleneck clam
Diagram explaining the hand-gathering fishing method.
A professional fisherman on the foreshore holding a bag of shellfish.


Shellfish is simply caught by hand while diving. Formerly a poachers’ technique, licences were gradually issued within a strict legal framework until a genuine industry was established. Diving caught seafood has increasingly become common in gourmet restaurants, much to everyone’s delight!

Diver scallops are known for being much less sandy than scallops caught by dredging.


Diagram explaining the method of dive fishing.
A professional fisherman diving in the sea with a small tool.
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