The next time you feel down about life I want you to remember this – today you helped build, and successfully test, a hydraulic shellfish dredge. A highly illegal shellfish dredge I might add. Don’t worry though, you won’t be arrested and neither will we. We’ve got permission, thanks to one of our team’s dive specialists Steve Resler, from the Department of Environmental Conservation and from the Town of Huntington. Thanks to Bob Wemyss for finishing the dredge build, and Steve for getting the permits in order, today we successfully tested our self designed and built hydraulic dredge. And tomorrow we will film it! Here are a few pics from our (cold as hell) days work:
Bob Wemyss taking pride in his offspring, Dredge
Bill Fetzer, who typically provides our resident Baymen with comic relief, dug deep and produced a work barge for us to operate from. Mike Ohlstein showed his support by providing his 32′ Birtram deep sea fishing boat named “Predator” to run us out into the Bay with diving and camera gear. Doug Rodgers and Fred Menges were all hands on deck, and Billy Painter played the roll of Captain Chaos. It took a few hours out there diving and dragging the dredge while running high pressure water through its manifold to figure our way around some challenges. By the end of the day we managed to pierce Bob’s ear drum, make Mike late, and successfully run our 1/2 scale hydraulic dredge.
Tomorrow is the day we shoot what will surely be the most complicated and challenging scenes of The Bay of Imbalance Documentary film. Stay tuned, and keep spreading the word about our campaign, please! After all this film is bound to save (a part of) the world!