Florida oysterman Kendall Schoeless knows his oysters, just like his father did and his father before him.
Schoeless’ ancestors started farming oysters in the late nineteenth century, so you could say mollusks are in his blood. Earlier this year, Schoeless took a few minutes to explain some tricks of his trade to a crew from the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. He’s seen a lifetime of mankind’s impact on the oysters in Apalachicola Bay, and discusses the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill near Louisiana, even though the oil never actually reached Florida waters near the Apalachicola Bay.
Watch the video to see Schoeless describe the life of an oysterman.
Harvesting oysters is certainly a dirty job. We’ll just stick with slurping them off the half shell!