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Kenny Swaine: Clamshell artist

 

Kenny Swaine is the 3rd-generation owner of a bait and tackle shop in St. James. Like his father and grandfather, Swaine catches killies and other baitfish that he sells to recreational fishermen, who use the bait to catch striped bass, bluefish and flounder. In 1990 Kenny began making fish and lighthouse decorations from clamshells and other kinds of shells found on Long Island's beaches.