Bringing the boat in, Wellfleet MA
Site of famous Wellfleet Oysters
Each farm occupies it's own piece of Wellfleet Bay where the extreme tides make the farming possible
If low tide is close to noon the sun can get hot and a little shade can provide some welcome relief.
Both the beginning and the end of the work day are labor intensive.
Raking and sorting are on-going jobs for oyster farmers.
When the tide is very low the farmers drive their trucks out to their beds and work on them until the tide comes in
Work on the beds can only be done at low tide which occurs twice in every 24 hour cycle
Three women work on their farm at low tide.
The beds are fully underwater when the tide comes in so when the tide is out the farmers drive out to their beds to work
At the end of the work day the oysters and clams are sorted by size and gotten ready for market.
A mother and daughter explore the beach while shellfish farmers get to work nearby.
When the tide comes back in the crews drive their catch to market
In beautiful Wellfleet Bay