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NORTH OYSTER BAY BAYMEN FUNDRAISER 7/21/18

Come to Spinakers in Oyster Bay on July 21, 2018.  We are having a "Baymen Bash" to have fun together with the community, and to help raise money for the shellfish seed program and for our work to help save [...]

7 – BAY OF IMBALANCE FILM UPDATE – 4/18

Hard work isn't enough, I owe you updates. Since last August we have spent 68 days filming - all funded exclusively by your contributions, by the North Oyster Bay Baymen's Association, by a few special people who prefer to remain anonymous, and by [...]

BAY OF IMBALANCE QUESTIONS

Q & As: Question: "Why would a commercial shellfish company harm their own environment?  Wouldn't doing this affect them as well?" Answer:  Shellfish, especially Oysters, need a hard scaly bottom in order to spawn, to grow, and to live successfully. [...]

6 – BEGINNING AGAIN

It's April now, five months after we launched our famously failed Kickstarter campaign.  It crashed and burned after not reaching it's goal in thirty days.  On day thirty-one every dollar was returned to it's rightful owner, and we were left [...]

5 – BLUE MORNINGS

   

OYSTER BAY HARBOR – 101

          The Men:  Ordinary, unsophisticated, hard working and decent; these are the Oyster Bay Baymen – the salt of the earth.  These shell fishermen spend their days immersed in nature, riding currents that carry not the [...]

4 – SAVING THE WORLD HANDBOOK – DONT GET ARRESTED

Most of what I know I haven’t learned from books, I’ve learned from life.  And one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life is actually about people.  About character.  I’ve found you learn the most about a person when [...]

Teaching students

Some of the things we do as North Oyster Bay Baymen are pretty interesting and fun for all. We go to schools, family day events, boat shows, Birthday party’s etc.. and teach the Children about what lives in our local […]

TOWN OYSTER BAY / NORTH OYSTER BAY BAYMEN ASSOC. SEED PROGRAM

Many people that pass by our shellfish program are always asking the question, "what is that bubbling?" It is a shellfish dock called a FLUPSY ( floating upweller system) What is that? It is a shellfish float operated by North [...]

BAYMEN – RAW

Enjoy this light-hearted introduction to the Oyster Bay Baymen, by Eric Gulbransen

A day in the life

THE LIFE OF A BAYMAN is an interesting yet tough way of life.  It can also be very rewarding in more ways than just money. We get to witness amazing things that most people don't get to see such as [...]

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

A BAYMEN'S BOAT On any giving day you will always spot a baymen harvesting shellfish from their boat in the Oyster Bay Harbor. Most boats range from 18' to 24' in length and are all open deck boats that  allows [...]

FEAR THE FRANKENSTEIN SHELLFISH!

For Centuries, Oyster Bay Harbor was one of the biggest producers of naturally occurring clams and oysters in New York.  In just the last century, however, Oyster Bay's natural oyster population has been wiped out by big industry shellfish companies and it's natural [...]

CLAM WARS – IN A NUTSHELL

CLAM WARS - ever since the Town of Oyster Bay began leasing the harbors bay bottom to commercial shell fishermen, there have been wars.  Wars between the traditional hand-rake clammers and the industrial shellfish dredge company.  Why the wars?  Because [...]

3 – DREDGE DIVE -1

DREDGE DIVE -1 Big day today.  Billy Joel posted our campaign on his social media and the front page of his website.  I remember the day we interviewed him.  Three Baymen and myself took a clam boat across the bay. [...]

OYSTER BAY SHELLFISHING

SHELLFISH - Before we discuss Shellfishing we need to determine what Shellfish are.  The term "Shellfish" refers to exoskeleton-bearing (skeleton outside body) aquatic invertebrates (no spine) used as food, including various species of molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms. Although most kinds of shellfish are harvested from [...]

WHAT IS DREDGING

What is DREDGING?  The dictionary says this:  "Dredge - to dig, gather, or pull out with a dredge (from the bottom of a body of water)."   The National Ocean Service says dredging is the removal or displacement of the bottom [...]

2 – ITS ALIVE

The next time you feel down about life I want you to remember this – today you helped build, and successfully test, a hydraulic shellfish dredge.  A highly illegal shellfish dredge I might add.  Don’t worry though, you won’t be [...]

1 – BATTER UP

First I owe my sincerest thanks to those of you offering support to our campaign.  Your generosity is inspiring.  ..and I do not take inspiration lightly. Most important update right now is the building of our scale hydraulic shellfish dredge. [...]

ABOUT THE BAYMEN

We, the Oyster Bay Baymen, are a group of independent shell fishermen living and working in Oyster Bay Harbor on Long Island, NY.  We make our living working the waters of North Oyster Bay & Cold Spring Harbors, and the [...]

Help us keep the bottom of Oyster Bay Harbor where nature intended it to be – on the bottom of Oyster Bay Harbor