Beyond Sustainable

It's no secret that marine life in the Bay has been in decline for generations, with over-harvesting and habitat loss largely to blame. The challenge is to find a way to continue to enjoy delicious and nutritious seafood without pushing wild fisheries even closer to the brink.

By growing our own oysters, we not only provide a premium sustainable oyster, we also support the rich ecosystem of essential marine life, playing a small role in the fight to restore the Bay's ecosystem to its former glory.

Oyster farming is more than sustainable, it’s restorative.

 

The Oyster Farm Ecosystem

From the famous Rockfish and our beloved Blue Crab to lesser-known but aptly-named Naked Goby (#SKINNYDIPPERS!), our oyster farm supports a wide range of marine life.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Apparently these lanky creatures spend 90% of their waking hours looking for food. We can promise that Fred, the shaggy old Blue Heron that lives at the farm, and his girlfriend Marsha, only need about 2 minutes to find their fill when they belly up to our nursery upweller bar. As the water leaves our seed silos, minnows gather by the thousands in the nutrient rich current.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Bufflehead Duck

Bufflehead Duck

Data collected by Scientists at The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland suggests the success of these beautiful sea ducks is directly tied to the abundance of oysters in the water. We need more oyster seed! Quack, quack!

Bufflehead Duck (Bucephala albeola)
Rockfish, White Perch, Croaker, Blue Fish, Mackerel

Rockfish, White Perch, Croaker, Blue Fish, Mackerel

The oysters on our farm attract all kinds of critters: worms, grass shrimp, crabs—a veritable buffet for all sorts of fish. Plus the clusters of oysters inside our cages provide great hiding spots for fish eggs and the little ones. Farming oysters is one way to restore critical fish habitat that has been significantly reduced from centuries of wild harvest.

Rockfish, White Perch, Croaker, Blue Fish, Mackerel
Oyster Toadfish

Oyster Toadfish

Call it a toadfish, a bar dog, a Mother-In-Law fish, an oyster cracker, an oyster catcher, or just plain ugly, this fish thrives on our oyster farm. It’s an omnivore, but it’s powerful jaws make oysters (and oyster farmer’s fingers) an easy meal. To be honest, we’re not as thrilled to be feeding these fishy beasts as we are the blue crabs!

Oyster Toadfish (Opsanus tau)
Naked Goby

Naked Goby

Naked gobies are bottom-dwelling fish resembling lizards. Fact: female gobies lay eggs inside hollow oyster shells and leave the male to guard the nest until the eggs hatch. The male’s pelvic fins are even positioned sideways, allowing the fish to sit stationary on or in oyster shells. #dadbod

Naked Goby (Gobiosoma Bosci)
Blue Crab

Blue Crab

An oyster farm is a blue crab’s paradise. They feast on oysters, cling to our pods and hide under our cages. Our nursery is chock full of tiny baby crabs enjoying protection from predators and an endless buffet of oyster meat. In fact, we’d probably sell about 50% more oysters if the crabs weren’t eating them all up! But at the end of the day, we’re proud to support such an iconic Maryland creature. 

Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)
Bryozoans

Bryozoans

If you’re reading this now, chances are you’ve heard that oysters filter the water. That’s part of what makes them so famous! What you might not know is that there are tiny, tentacle-bearing, moss-like animals called Bryozoans that are filter feeders too! They form colonies around oyster shells, as well as our buoys, cages and lines, and filter away all day long. #unsungheros

Bryozoans