Travel and Documentary Photographer Sam Finch is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project Ardencaple Oysters. To see Sam’s projects click on any image.
David Cyster has been farming oysters at Ardencaple since the 1980s. His friend first put a few bags of oysters out in the sea after claiming he farmed them in a bid to stop a salmon fishery ruining his view. After the oysters grew at an astounding rate the pair decided to expand the operation and David is still growing shellfish 30 years on.
Most of the oysters produced by David are sold to local restaurants demanding the highest quality. He only gives them the biggest and best, the others go back in the water until the next harvest.
Scotland has a rich history when it comes to shellfish, and oysters in particular. In the 13th century one oyster fishery on the Firth of Forth covered over 130km2 and produced a staggering 30 million oysters per year. These oysters had such an impressive reputation for quality that they were exported all over Scotland, England and into Europe for consumption and breeding.
By Sam Finch