• Short Summary

    ON THE SUFFOLD COAST OF THE UK, DEVELOPMENTS ARE GOING ON WHICH COULD TAKE OYSTERS OUR OF THE LUXURY CLASS AND PUT THEM BACK WITHIN EVERYONE'S REACH.

  • Description

    ON THE SUFFOLD COAST OF THE UK, DEVELOPMENTS ARE GOING ON WHICH COULD TAKE OYSTERS OUR OF THE LUXURY CLASS AND PUT THEM BACK WITHIN EVERYONE'S REACH. PORTUGUESE SEED OYSTERS - BOUGHT IN BY THE THOUSAND BY BRITAIN'S BIGGEST IMPORTER, MR.RICHARD BINNEY - ARE BEING SOWN AT BUTLEY CREEK. MR.BINNEY SAYS HE CAN INCREASE HIS SALE TWELVE TIMES BY USING NEW METHODS FOR SOWING AND HARVESTING.

    FIRST, SOWING - WITH AN "OCTOPUS" DEVICE DESIGNED SPECIALLY FOR THE JOB BY MR.BINNEY. HE FOUND THAT A LARGE AREA OF BEACH HE HAD AVAILABLE WAS TOO SOFT TO STAND ON, SO THE NORMAL METHODS OF PLANTING AT LOW TIDE WERE NO USE. THE OYSTERS ARE POURED THROUGH A HOPPER, AND THE FUNNELS PLANT THEM ON THE FINISHING BEDS AT THE RIGHT DEPTH, AND THE RIGHT DISTANCE APART.

    BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS OVER THE BEDS THEY SPRAY OUT SOMETHING LIKE A MILLION OYSTERS, BEFORE THE OPERATION IS FINISHED. UP TO NOW, OYSTERS, HAVE HAD TO BE PLANTED ON THE HARD GROUND OF A RIVER BED, OR ON THE FORESHORE AFTER IT HAS BEEN HARDENED BY SPREADING LARGE AMOUNTS OF SHINGLE OR GRAVEL - A LONG AND PRETTY COSTLY JOB. TRIALS OF THE NEW METHODS HAVE PROVED SATISFACTORY.

    OYSTERS TAKE SOMETHING OVER TWO YEARS TO REACH MARKETABLE SIZE - THEN, OF COURSE, WILL COME THE PROBLEM OF HARVESTING THEM. BUT MR.BINNEY THINKS HE HAS GOT AN ANSWER FOR THIS, TOO. AN ANCHOR, CONNECTED TO A FLAT PLATFORM IS SECURED IN THE MUD LEFT BY THE EBBING TIDE. THEN THE MEN, WITH THE PLATFORM SPREADING THEIR WEIGHT EVENLY OVER THE MUD, ARE FREE TO FORK OUT THE MATURE OYSTERS.

    AND WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF OYSTERS TO FORK - THEY JUST WINCH THEMSELVES FORWARD AGAINST THE ANCHOR. THE OLD METHOD OF WALKING OVER THE BEDS LEAVES THEM SO PITTED THAT IT TAKES TWELVE MONTHS FOR THEM TO RECOVER. AND A LOT OF OYSTERS ARE LOST, TRODDEN UNDERFOOT.

    THE LAST STAGE - CHIPPING OFF ALL THE THINGS THAT FASTEN ON TO AN UNWARY OYSTER - SUCH AS LIMPETS - AND SEPARATING OYSTERS STUCK ON ONE ANOTHER. MR.BINNEY HIMSELF IS FASCINATED BY OYSTERS AS ANIMALS, AS WELL AS FOOD. "YOU CAN HEAR THEM," HE SAYS. "THEY WHISTLE WHEN THE TIDE GOES DOWN." BUT THAT DOES NOT STOP HIM ENJOYING THEN JUST THE SAME! IF PLANS WORK OUT, OYSTER LOVERS COULD BE BUYING THEIR DESCENDANTS FOR AS LITTLE AS SIX SHILLINGS A DOZEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEETI3XBE8XH6TPFZ1TPZEASQP
    Media URN:
    VLVAEETI3XBE8XH6TPFZ1TPZEASQP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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