CALL TO ACTION

Help us keep the bottom of Oyster Bay Harbor where nature intended it to be – on the bottom of Oyster Bay Harbor. Let’s force the hydraulic shellfish dredgers to comply with Federal laws like the rest of us do. [...]
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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. [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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