Climate Control — How Mainers Are Protecting Their Oyster Harvest From Nature’s Challenges
On a cove out on the eastern side Casco Bay’s Chebeague Island, a receding tide reveals dozens of wire cages. They rest akimbo on the sand and sparkle in the sun.
For island native Jeff Putnam, they hold treasure inside — bags and bags of young oysters.
“This one here is probably two years old I’d guess, looking at the shell, you can see the first-year growth and then all this fingernail-looking growth on the end is from this year,” he says.