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Updated: May 20, 2019

date: April 28, 2019

time: 0800

air temp: 58 F

water temp: 43 F

tide: near high, beginning to fall

conditions: Sun! It's a miracle.

notes: I've been worried since I was last out for my epic farm floating about the quantity of gear I left attached to the two sets of floating long-lines I managed to get rigged up. Too much weight pulling against my anchors gives me trouble sleeping at night. All was well, fortunately, and all 40 (!) bags of oysters, babies and adults, were accounted for. I am just dying to get the right drainer tide to get out and get some more anchors and buoys and lines rigged up. One year of experimentation under my belt has given me a pretty good sense for how to do everything better, and now I just need the universe to cooperate with me, as usual. In all my years working in various trades on the ocean, nothing has taught me the virtue of patience more than waiting for the weather to cooperate.

Adult premium Maine coast american oysters fresh out of hibernation on Emily's Oysters sea farm in Freeport, Maine
Happy almost two-year-olds out of hibernation! These babies are ready for selling and eating.

Oyster seed, young American oysters will soon grow into a premium Maine oyster from Freeport, Maine
Sweet little babies from last August's seed batch look like they fared pretty well through the long cold winter. I'm so excited to see how this second round of Emily's Oysters grows up.

There is so much to do out here and I am so excited to do it all, which is typical of me. Now that I know things are safe as I have them temporarily rigged up, though, I need to go ashore and start thinking and planning and gathering the supplies I will need to get this farm looking like the professional enterprise that I know it can be.

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