At the crack of dawn in late September, the long-drawn ban on Galicia’s famed cockles is lifted and fifteen hundred men and women on foot and on boats rush to the cockle beds of Noia to get their share. Women like Cristina seen here sorting her catch, go by foot and they drag their clam rakes across the sandy bottom. Asleep and growing in the shallow waters of the estuary, the cockles have been protected by a ban that shelters them for several months in which no harvest is allowed and the small bivalves are allowed to reproduce and grow. Once the ban is lifted, the men and women of this small medieval-old village will converge every morning in the shallow waters for 3 hours a day, every day for 3-4 months to make a living from this delicious bivalve. This is an age old practice that has ensured the sustainable harvest of this small clam, but few places execute it more perfectly than Noia, where the community works together; the participation of women is valued and recognized as a profession; and the cockles are healthy, big, delicious and very, very valuable.
Me encantó conocer a las mariscadoras de Noia. Nunca vi tantas mujeres, tan fuertes y tan bien organizadas. Me voy inspirada por su trabajo y por la belleza de su Ría. Gracias!! #TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy. @galicianaturaleunica | #PescadeRias | #galiciaparaiso | #galifornia | #beauty #galicia | #berberecho | #galicia_enamora | #españa #pesca @festivalmardemares #mujeresenelmar #lonxanet #girlpower