Our Members, Our Oyster Farms
For years, our members already knew and trusted each other, and had worked together long before they formed the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative. After all, Rhode Island is a small state. Having everyone involved and working together makes it possible for the Co-op to maintain a consistent supply of great tasting oysters all year long. This is critical for maintaining our reputation as a reliable and reputable supplier. Oyster production can vary from year to year and from farm to farm, affected by such variables as weather conditions, seed availability, and disease. That’s just the nature of the business. By collecting oysters from several farms located in different waters, the cooperative builds an immunity to oyster shortages, should one or two farms experience an unfortunate drop in production. It’s a big advantage for us, and for our farmers.
Diverse Environments Yield a Diverse Assortment of
Our bay farms are located in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Our farms in coastal ponds vary in water depth, ranging from about 4 to 12 feet. Each farm is different because each body of water is different. So, each farmer develops a system for growing and harvesting oysters that works for their specific environment and set of circumstances. Introducing our members, the talented and dedicated farmers that produce our locally-grown, fresh delectable oysters. (Click on the links at the left or in the map at the right for a closer look at each of our member farms.)
Introducing Our Dedicated Farmers,
Practitioners of Sustainable Aquaculture