GRAVY GULF EDITION: BAYLEY’S, A COASTAL INSTITUTION ON THE BRINK

My Lunch at Bayley’s, June 22. For now, Crab Claws are Off the Menu A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL JULY 10, 2010 Fowl River, Alabama Bayley’s restaurant, the storied home of the West Indies Salad and fried crab claws, is sputtering along without regular access to oysters or crab. They still have access to fish … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: TOMMY WARD–THE GODFATHER OF APALACH OYSTERS

Mr. Tommy in front of the shrimp boat Miss Martha that is his mother’s namesake. A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL: FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010 As of today, oysters, shrimp and fish from the Apalachicola Bay are healthy and fresh. There’s no oil here, and fishing is wide open. But still Tommy Ward, one of the … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: SHRIMPING–HOPING IT’S NOT THE LAST CATCH

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL: FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010 Yesterday, Walter “Dacky” Ward, Tommy’s brother and the fellow in charge of their shrimp operation, unloaded a hopper harvest off their boat Miss Martha, named for their mother. It’s shown here with boom waiting by. The catch was smallish, about 60 percent of normal. One reason was … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: JOHNNY RICHARDS, A FISHERMAN IN APALACHICOLA, FL

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL: THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2010 Johnny Richards, 68, has been in the seafood business since before his eighth birthday. That’s when he started helping his dad out on the family boat here in Apalachicola, Florida. Over the last 60 years, Johnny has spent the summers shrimping and the winters oystering. By … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: APALACHICOLA

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010 Please forgive the rarity of my posts these days. I’m interviewing folks in Apalachicola, and there’s a lot of driving back-and-forth. So time has been tight. I do want to state that there is NO oil here. There never has been, and folks are praying that … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: CLOSED WATERS

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 This is a little difficult to read, but the purple represents the federal waters that are closed to fishing as of yesterday. The yellow is the land; Florida is on the right, Louisiana is on the upper left. The area was expanded eastward on June 28 … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: PERDIDO BAY SEAFOOD CO., PENSACOLA

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 Their last boats packed with fresh Gulf Seafood unloaded on June 1, exactly six weeks after the oil rig blew up. “We filmed it,” said Joy Hatfield, one of the owners of Perdido Bay Seafood located in western Pensacola. “We took a bunch of pictures. We … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: RICHARD GOLLOTT, GOLLOTT SEAFOOD CO., BILOXI

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL TUESDAY, JUNE 29,2010 Richard Gollott runs Gollott Seafood Co. and Gollott Ice House and Oil Dock in East Biloxi. He also grew up here. In fact his great-grandparents used to live across the street from where the plant stands now. Gollott Seafood Company is a shrimp processing plant. In a … Continued

GRAVY GULF EDITION: KENDALL STORK, LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT, BAYOU LA BATRE

A DISPATCH FROM ASHLEY HALL TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 A week ago I sat down with Kendall Stork, co-owner of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Bayou La Batre. The restaurant, opened by Kendall’s parents in 1979, is the go-to spot for prepared local seafood. Last Monday, June 21, Kendall seemed concerned but upbeat. “So far, everything … Continued