In the Grass, On the Reef: Oyster Doctors
This WFSU original production follows four years of research into the ecology of the coast. When the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapses, Dr. David Kimbro and his crew set out to investigate the cause. The tools they use are adapted from research conducted by he and his colleague, Dr. Randall Hughes, into fear on the oyster reef.
Oyster Doctors examines the value of scientific research. Does it matter if predators scare mud crabs into not eating oysters? Does this science only have value when the techniques developed are used to help restore an economically important resource? Set against the backdrop of Florida’s spectacular Forgotten Coast, our researcher’s failures and triumphs lead to unexpected discoveries and an ever-expanding string of questions about the inner workings of our coasts. You’ll never look at your seafood the same way again.