Oysters rely on the ebb and flow of the tide for flavor. Their survival is determined by their farmers, deeply rooted in their tradition and connection to the water.
Overharvesting and urban expansion led to the disappearance of the magical mollusk over time. Rivers, bays, and estuaries that were once home to so many oysters now lacked the same ecological benefits and water quality.
Through the grit and dedication of oyster farmers, modern aquaculture technology, and efforts to better understand their ecological value, oyster beds are being protected while once depleted regions are being restored.
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Tide to Table: The Remarkable Journey of Oysters
In a documentary produced by Professors Maria Luskay and Lou Guarneri, and Pace University’s documentary film team – PaceDocs – filmmakers speak with scientists, historians, shellfish constables, and farmers across the flats of Cape Cod, the shores of Connecticut’s Long Island Sound, and the urban waterways of New York City.