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 Long Island Sound.  We harvest hard clams, steamer clams, and oysters by hand raking in waters from 5 to 60 feet deep.  We work year-round, regardless of weather, to supply our buyers with the freshest shellfish possible.

In 1986 we formed the North Oyster Bay Baymens Association, also known as NOBBA.  As an association we work together to keep our harbors safe and clean.  We grow seed clams and oysters in our floating “flubsies” to help replenish the areas that we have worked throughout the year.  Both as a group, and individually, we take care of our harbor.  Every year for the last twenty-five years we sponsor our own harbor clean-ups.  Each year we remove thousands of pounds of debris from our harbor.

The Oyster Bay Baymen are a diverse group of residents made up of school teachers, firemen, police, and full time fishermen.  We are very active in our community.  We support a variety of local charities including the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Matthew Fetzer Foundation, and Wounded Warriors.  Every year we work a variety of festivals and fundraisers to help support our seed programs and expenses..

NOBBA is 31 years old now, but still has a long way to go in order to achieve our goals.  We hope you join us on this journey to preserve Oyster Bay Harbor for future generations to enjoy.


The majority of Oyster Bay Baymen articles are written by Eric Gulbransen. Eric is an environmental advocate, a filmmaker, and a supporter of the Baymen and their cause to end hydraulic shellfish dredging in Oyster Bay Harbor.

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