Voices from the Tidelands
Voices from Underwater: Reflections from a Geoduck Dive Harvester
Heath Heller, an Olympia native, was introduced to geoduck farming along his circuit of seasonal work. He has worked various jobs, including diving to harvest geoduck.
Health Heller: geoduck dive harvester
“When I was younger, some friends that I’d met doing seasonal work out in Minnesota had harvested geoducks before. Seasonal work seems like an alternative because sometimes you don’t want to work for a while. And if you’re all right with your money you can live easily for a few months."
"There is a cohesion in the shellfish community. Pretty much everyone I’ve worked for has worked with everyone else. A lot of the stuff you have to go through - like if you’ve worked winters - it bonds people. Your whole crew are your friends. It’s long shifts and it’s cold sometimes, but you’re hanging out. Everyone who’s in the industry really seems to enjoy nature and is really into working on the water.”