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Government Shutdown

What is a government shut down? In the aftermath of the entire federal government shutting down over funding for a border wall the term shutdown is being thrown around more and more. So, what does a government shutdown entail? For … Continue reading

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Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast

Two boats are operating through the winter out of Little Allen’s Harbor, and crushing the workload just like we thought they would. With the Innovator going out for the daily oyster haul, and the Thomas Royal taking care of the … Continue reading

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WE HAVE BEEN INNOVATING

It has been a long time coming with this farm update. The highs and lows happen, but the general trend is upwards. As we look to the future, we see a cold winter approaching, and are currently preparing ourselves, and … Continue reading

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Another Nor’ Easter Again

Alas, it’s the winter that wants to last, feel the arctic blast, nothing comes to pass. No fishing no fun, freezing where I come from, a month of nor Easters after we thought it was done. In the slow defrost, … Continue reading

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2017 another year bites the dust…

2017 has been a Whirlwind Kind of Year. Each week proving to be different and more jam packed than the previous one, and the trend continues up to the day I write this. As the new year approaches, it is … Continue reading

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A Friday in Musselville

In the morning the sweet steam from the cup of coffee fills my nose as I drive slowly through the rain and dark trying to break through my sleepy haze before arriving at work. The boat sits silently in the … Continue reading

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When the Days Start to Stretch and the Snow Melts

When the days start to stretch and the snow melts The west wind blows hard, but the bitter bite is gone The hibernating oyster farmer stretches his arms out, views the sunrise over the Bay, and assess if the wind … Continue reading

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Schlafly Stout & Oyster Fest

“Ready! Set! Shuck!” the three teams start the contest with a hushed crowd. First the shucker pops open half a dozen oysters, then the second slurps them down passing the baton to the third who needs to chug a beer … Continue reading

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Dirty Tech

“Oyster farming aint easy” so goes the old quote Half the time you’re sweating and dirty, the rest you’re fixing the boat When you’re down in the bilge on a bright summer day Just call your hydraulic company they’ll show … Continue reading

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Not Too Stressed

Stress is one of those double edged swords that can push somebody to max performance while breaking them down at the same time. Ultimately it has negative impacts on most things that it encounters, and shellfish are no different. If … Continue reading

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