RECREATIONAL OYSTER FISHING
ONE BY ONE
Recreational oyster fishing is a lost art in many coastal regions of the United States. In some places the oysters are gone. In others, the oysters exist, but they are not fit for human consumption. Where I live, there is only one river that is both available for the sport and close enough for me to use on a regular basis.
A shellfishing permit is required. It can be bought at the Town Hall either for a single day or for an entire year. Permits are only available to State residents. The same permit allows for recreational clamming and mussels, as well as oyster fishing. Limits for each type of animal are set by the Town. The fishing methods are also designated as well as precise maps showing where each type of
fishing is allowed. There is a season for each type of shellfish.
This video demonstrates the clothing, gear, and methods that are necessary to fish for oysters on the North Shore of Boston, where I live. It was filmed during a lull in the winter weather earlier this year.
If you love oysters, there is no greater pleasure than harvesting them, preparing them, and serving them yourself. It is an ancient method of food gathering and an anchor to both another time and the future. In this case, my son Tim (shown at left) is the next generation who will seek pleasure and sustenance in this way. He also served as the videographer for this film. Enjoy! Ed.
The video is also on Youtube http://youtu.be/MwSifuwsS3o