Ninety percent of the world’s ancient oyster reefs have collapsed in the last thirty years. Faced with the human pressures of coastal development, pollution, reduced freshwater flow, and over-harvesting, the renowned oyster reefs in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay are now slipping toward the same fate.
Oysters have long been the silent protectors of the oceans, cleaning water and building the foundation of estuaries where thousands of species thrive, from plankton to game fish. They are living water filtration systems, storm barriers, and an ancient source of protein. The fate of oysters in Apalachicola Bay is not sealed. Fresh water management, artificial reefs, shell recycling, and other restoration strategies may be able to save the world’s oyster populations from complete collapse. It’s not too late.
Writer/Director: Joshua Bryan McLawhorn
Writer/Producer: Chucha Barber
Featuring: Mark Kurlansky, Richard Bickel, Art Smith, Guy Harvey
Distributor: Liner Notes Productions, LLC
2023 | 88 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Documentary, environmental, local interest
The filmmaker Joshua McLawhorn, producer Chucha Barber, and editor Gaby Rodeiro are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.
Sunday, 9/3 at 4:00 PM in Theater #4 (IMAX)