Out on the river with the 165.
Like father like son. Luke and his father, Tim, packaging Oysters to be sent to restaurants across the country.
Luke planning which Oysters to harvest.
This is Luke and his father, Tim. Together, they run Rock Shellfish, an Oyster and Mussel farm on the Camel estuary, Cornwall. The Camel river is massively tidal, so when the tide is out, they plant baby Oysters and Mussels on the river bed, which then grow when the tide flows in and covers them in sea water. It sounds simple but is a fascinating process.
I spent five or six hours at Rock Shellfish today, joining them in the cleaning process of the shellfish, the ‘grading’ (sorting out which Oysters are ready to be sold and which need to be put back to grow further) and in the harvesting process. I had been in contact with Luke, who I finally met today. He’s a great guy and kindly showed me around and made sure I got to see some really interesting stuff. All the Rock Shellfish team were good fun to be around.
This is a progression of my current project on Man’s relationship with the ocean.