In our second short documentary with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, we focus on the potential for shellfish aquaculture to clean up Cape Cod’s troubled estuaries.

Because shellfish graze on algae that thrive in nitrogen-rich waters, aquaculture is being hailed as a win-win solution for the Cape’s wastewater problems. Not only do shellfish provide a local source of protein-rich food, aquaculture is now a $5 million industry on Cape Cod, and set to grow even bigger. But, the documentary asks, is it wise to put all our oysters in one basket?

With a behind-the-scenes view of life on an oyster farm, input from experts at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and a cool oyster water filtration timelapse, the video provides a comprehensive perspective on a little-known, yet promising, adaptive wastewater management strategy.

Shot in documentary style, WATER FOR OYSTERS takes a personal approach to a sometimes confusing subject, profiling aquaculture farmers in Mashpee and Wellfleet and interweaving perspectives from Mashpee Wampanoag tribe members and scientists.


  • Project Type: Video Series
  • Project Completion: May 2014