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Oystermen An Oregon Experience, The Oystermen

Broadcasts: June 17, 10:30 p.m. [OPB TV], June 19, 3:30 a.m. [OPB TV], May 19, 9:30 p.m. [OPB TV], May 21, 2:30 a.m. [OPB TV], January 5, 9:30 p.m. [OPB TV], January 7, 2:30 a.m. [OPB TV], April 18, 9:30 p.m. [OPB TV], April 20, 2:30 a.m. [OPB TV]

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Oregon Experience Reveals The Lives Of The Oystermen

OPB | April 18, 2011 9 p.m.

Oysters are unusual little creatures, and they've played a distinctive role in Pacific Northwest history. As Euro-Americans settled this region, the native oyster became one of the first natural resources to be exploited on a large scale — and one of the first to be depleted. The oyster business spawned the creation of several coastal communities and precipitated the demise of a vast Indian reservation. Yet the oysters themselves and the colorful oystermen who farm them have contributed many unacknowledged environmental benefits, as well.

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