Meet Florida's water women

Today's photo, taken by Christian Harkness, captures the "water women" of Cedar Key, a Gulf Island community off the coast of north Florida. In his words:

I live and photograph in the small - north Florida - Gulf island community of Cedar Key, a city with about 800 residents. Traditionally commercial fishing and oystering had played a large part in island life. When in 1994 the Florida net ban outlawed the traditional fishing methods, many of the displaced fishermen turned to clam farming, techniques for which were just being developed.

This photo shows April Beckham, a Cedar Key native, getting ready to stretch a belt of clam bags, loaded with baby clams, on the bottom of her lease located in the Gulf waters off Cedar Key.
 

Read more about the "water women" in Garden and Gun magazine, and see more photos here.

A couple of other news tidbits from the town:

This week, Postcard is looking for images from America's south. Submit your best shots to atlanticcities.postcard@gmail.com.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Office workers using computers
    Equity

    America’s Digitalization Divide

    A new study maps digital-skilled jobs across industries, metro areas, and demographic groups, revealing deep divides.

  2. Equity

    The Story Behind the Housing Meme That Swept the Internet

    How a popular meme about neoliberal capitalism and fast-casual architecture owned itself.

  3. Navigator

    The Gentrification of City-Based Sitcoms

    How the future ‘Living Single’ reboot can reclaim the urban narrative ‘Friends’ ran off with.

  4. A Soviet map of London, labeled in Russian.
    Maps

    The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

    These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.

  5. Maps

    Mapping Where Europe's Population Is Moving, Aging, and Finding Work

    Younger people are fleeing rural areas, migrating northward, and having fewer children. Here’s how that’s changing the region.