Baymen have harvested shellfish in Oyster Bay and neighboring harbors starting with the Native Americans in pre-colonial times. A small but dedicated group of shellfish diggers continues
these traditions, using the same techniques as those of previous generations. As bayman Bill Painter says “The baymen are still harvesting clams the same way for the last hundred years.” The Association participates in harbor clean ups, school programs, and community events. They hope to preserve this way of life for future generations, in spite of rampant development and declining water quality. Their determination is based on their desire to continue this time honored tradition.

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