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Harvesting the Bay: Fathers, Sons and the Last of the Wild Shellfishermen by [Ray Huling]

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“If we mean to change our ways, how will we do it? How will we make our food and our system of food production healthy, sustainable, and secure? How will we make them, in a word, sane? Who will do this work?”
Ray Huling knows the hard realities of shellfishing. His father and grandfathers were shellfishermen on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, laborers in an age-old trade. Because he grew up surrounded by quahaugers, the industry is in his blood and the drive to keep it sustainable is what makes up his family history.
In Harvesting the Bay, Huling answers these pressing questions and delivers a moving portrait of the men and women who work the waters of the Atlantic Coast in the harsh environment of the shellfishing industry. Huling argues that any successful sustainable food enterprise will likely resemble shellfishing in Rhode Island, an industry that has existed sustainably for over 150 years, with its complex system of governance, its fierce and obsessive workforce, and its conflicts within communities and between generations. This thought-provoking book sets the complexities of sustainable food production against a heartwarming story of one family’s enduring years of work on the seas.
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Dad hung a picture on the parlor wall, and everyone mistook it for a photograph of a planet. “What’s that, Neptune?” asked a good friend. This pleased me because of Neptune’s association with the sea. What people mistook for a planet was actually my father’s eye. During surgery to repair his detached and torn retinas, his surgeons photographed his eyes from within their sockets. This operation ended his career as a full-time fisherman. His doctors said that the stress of his labor-intensive profession—the pounding of the waves, the strain of hauling in the catch—had damaged his congenitally weak retinas. To continue as a full-timer would likely blind him. My mother said he wept at these words. In all my life, I’d never heard of such a thing as my father crying. He was a man who didn’t cry. But this news collapsed one of the great arcs of his life: He had started as a fisherman at the age of ten.
—From the Introduction
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 2790 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : July 3, 2012
  • Publisher : Lyons Press (July 3, 2012)
  • Print Length : 290 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B012A1X2EM
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0762770422
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9 ratings