Oysterman Reflects on Moratorium of Apalachicola Bay Oyster Fishery

EASTPOINT — Shannon Hartsfield was raised on the water.

As a fourth generation oysterman, typical young boy memories of sleepovers with friends and the uncanny wits of popular cartoons barely ever sweep ashore any of his adult conversations.

“Didn’t really watch cartoons. When I was 12 years old, my dad started giving us $1 a bag for what we caught,” Hartsfield said in an interview Thursday afternoon. “We was always on the water with my dad. I was raised on an oyster boat.”

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