Shell Beach, Guyana – 07/01/18:

Shell Beach is one of the most western points in Guyana just shy of the Venezuelan Border. It is known for the endangered species of turtles that nest there. Despite rapid advances in drilling and oil exploration Guyana does not have a oil spill disaster protocol in place. The spill potential, although small, paired with seismic effects on the sea-life could have an impact on already endangered species.

Shell beach and its neighboring Almond Beach are home to a dwindling indigenous community. Living mostly off fishing and farming the native community of this beach has faced the diminishing coast line due to tidal activity. Here Randal John, a native fisherman who has been fishing this beach with his brother for over 30 years. Here Mr. John’s catch salted and laid out to dry.

CREDIT: Christopher Gregory for The New York Times