At the Society of Environmental Journalists meeting, I got to go out on an oyster boat operated by John Tesvich and his nephew, Luke. We learned about the challenges to oyster reefs, including Katrina, the BP oil spill, the low-oxygen "dead zone" along Louisiana's coast, and the proposed freshwater diversions that will build up wetlands along the coast.
Above all, oysterers want to preserve their lifestyle, and it's clear why. It's not an easy life, but it's a special one.
(All photos are my own.)