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CEDO Oyster Experience

by Naomi Black

Escaping into the cool shade of CEDO’s castle–like main building, the day began with a natural history talk on the Gulf of California and its surrounding areas before we made the short trip out to estero Morúa and the oyster farm.

Upon arriving at Punta Roja cooperative, we were surprised to discover how these local dedicated farmers live their lives completely intertwined with nature—working in accordance with lunar cycles and living in basic housing on the shores of these incredible wetlands, one of the most productive in the world.

Wading into the shallow waters, we examined the floating boxes in which the oysters grow, and learned about the processes involved in maintaining them healthy and free of predators. During this talk, however, an American Oyster Catcher, another inhabitant of the area's esteros, flew down and tried to steal a couple of tasty shellfish from the neighboring boxes!

Choosing our favorite shells carefully, we returned to consult Doña Antonia on the best way to cook our prizes. We experimented a little, using plants from the estuary, ginger and lots of butter to create ourselves a feast worthy of royal attention, and took our seats in the shade to eat and discuss the estuary, the cooperative and the future with Doña Antonia and the other members of the cooperative.

This trip experience was contributed by a participant on the trip. CEDO is the Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans. CEDO relies on contributions to accomplish its mission of understanding and protecting the natural resources of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

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