The Bay of Imbalance
A carefully kept secret for generations now, hidden under the waters of New York’s Oyster Bay Harbor, there lives a harsh reality the likes of which too few are aware. Oysters and clams, the naturally occurring shellfish that gave the bay it’s name centuries ago, barely exist today. These shellfish were so abundant in the late 1800’s that they became the main source of protein for New Yorker’s. That’s right, people ate shellfish more than they ate beef. But today a true Bayman can spend years out on the very waters that fed our nation with those shellfish, without ever seeing an oyster. Times have changed. The balance of nature is askew. But unlike the irreversible stories of animals gone extinct, or vast lands now developed, Oyster Bay’s struggle for life is fixable – because it’s villain is artificial. It’s villain is greed. It’s challenge is corruption. And it’s savior could very well be the small but determined group of men affectionately called “Oyster Bay Baymen.” Right now these Baymen are neck deep in the fight of their lives – to save their lives, their livelihood, and Oyster Bay Harbor itself.
This “Bay of Imbalance” documentary is a work-in-progress. It’s goal is to tell the compelling story of Oyster Bay Harbor’s shellfish industry, the Baymen, and this fight of their lives to put a stop to the environmentally devastating shellfish-dredging that still goes on in the bay today.