- DIRECTOR Kim Beamish
- PRODUCER Pat Fiske
- EDITOR Denise Haslem
- DATE 2017
‘Oyster’ explores the impact of climate change on a second generation oyster farming family on the south coast of New South Wales.
After more than four decades of farming Sydney rock oysters, the family farm is starting to be handed to the next generation. New ideas have been brought into the family business by bringing new technology to the farming process, but the challenges the new farmer faces are mounting, for both him and his young family.
Oysters have long been messengers from the sea. Bivalve molluscs – two shelled invertebrate – grip inlets and tributaries up and down the coasts of Australia, but their immune systems are fragile and their living environment fraught. They are the canary in the coal mine. As the temperatures of the world’s oceans rise and diseases previously not a problem destroy thousands of oysters and ruin crops, now more than ever these oysters are under threat.