Photos of the Day: Mangrove Oysters – from source to market, The Gambia. Images ©Jason Florio

A woman's hand, holding an open mangrove oyster, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

Going back hundreds of years, along this coastline, people have collected oysters from the tentacles of the mangroves, which flank River Gambia…the tributaries are great sites for the oysters to grow. Oyster harvesting is traditionally a female-driven process – from collection, preparation,  to selling of the oysters… hear more from Jason Florio as he talks to Neal James of Photography Daily Show/Photowalk (approximately 00:28.50 mins in)

A woman, sitting in a canoe, amongst the mangroves, harvesting oysters, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
A woman harvests oysters, from the mangroves, Lamin Balong, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

A woman selling oysters from her harvest, in a busy market, The Gambia, West Africa
A woman selling the mangrove oysters from her harvest, Serrekunda Market, The Gambia, West Africa. . Image ©Jason Florio

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Related Post: The Guardian: Stewards of the forest: the pioneering women’s collective harvesting the Gambia’s oysters

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