Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Baymen

Baymen is a regional term that refers to the small, independent, fishermen who make their living on the bays of Long Island. Usually associated with the shellfishermen of Great South Bay on the south shore of Long Island, they are also a common sight on the larger bays of Long Island Sound; Oyster and Huntington Bay in particular. Using only manual tools, these two shellfisherman worked the West Harbor section of Oyster Bay last week. This photo was taken while looking south from Centre Island Village Beach. Back To Baysics Loving Long Island: Boating With The Baymen NY Times: Proud Baymen Scraping Bottom Keeping The Oyster In Oyster Bay Map

5 comments:

Larry said...

I learned something new-makes me want to run out and buy some scallops-maybe this weekend.

will said...

good point, larry. it's interesting that baymen up yr way seem to use recreational boats. do you see any of the traditional great south bay-type designs there?

Ocean Girl said...

Interesting to know. Thank you.

matthew houskeeper said...

Many of them just use older recreation type boats. You don't see too many dories or traditional shellfish boats.

angelshair said...

Thank you Matthew!
Bayman,...what a beautiful job! I consider this kind of job like an art, and I hope it's not tending to diseapear!
Can I say again how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place!