from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who gathers, cultivates, or sells oysters.
- n. Nautical An oyster-dredging vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who cultivates, harvests or sells oysters
- n. A boat used to dredge for oysters
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man engaged in rearing, taking, or selling oysters; an oysterer.
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BP, with all its resources, and its ability to make money hand over fist, can come back, but a small-businesswoman or an oysterman who has lost a year's worth of customers and income cannot.
Everybody who does this job has an epiphany moment, says Brett Bishop, the fifth generation of his family to work the Little Skookum inlet, an oysterman in arguably America's greatest oyster grounds, Washington's South Puget Sound.
It's a joke, says Campo, a third-generation oysterman.
It's been a rough stretch of years for the Louisiana oysterman, who has weathered giant storms (Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav), a giant spill (BP's Macondo well blow-out), and market chills as demand for Louisiana seafood has fallen off.
Technically the water bottoms are owned by the state and only leased out, but I wouldn't suggest saying that too loudly around a Louisiana oysterman.
More than 90% of its fishing boats were damaged, including three belonging to oysterman Tadakiyo Kudo.
—Greg Voisin, an eighth-generation oysterman, didn't like what he saw when he surveyed the rising water from his boat in a bayou here.
Rudy Toler, 30, a shrimper and oysterman from Gulfport, Miss., called the payment disgusting.
Rudy Toler, 30, a shrimper and oysterman from Gulfport, Miss., may soon add to those appeals.
A third-generation oysterman, Mr. Taylor grew up in Shelton, Wash., on the South Sound, where brackish inlets and bays recede to reveal tidal mud flats, perfect habitat for oysters and clams.