Oysters image via shtterstock. Reproduced at Resilience.org with permission.
A finalist in the Real Food Media Contest, The Oyster Men features the daily lives of baymen who handpick oysters from wild populations on the Long Island Sound. The short film was created by Show Love, which, through creative media, features companies, organizations, and individuals doing good for the food system, focusing on originality and problem-solving.
The film reveals the hard work involved in sustainably harvesting oysters from the sea. The resurgence of a high-quality, wild population of oysters on the Long Island Sound has allowed enterprising second- and third-generation baymen to make a living by scuba-diving for oysters and selling them nationally. The work is difficult and dangerous, requiring divers to be underwater for up to eight hours a day; but it is one of the most sustainable ways to obtain oysters.