Black Bear Point Oysters

Black Bear Point Oysters are a new Bagaduce River variety grown by the Little Island Oyster Company in Maine. These oysters are surface-cultured, which makes for smooth and pearly shells. Their flavors are more briny than their Little Island Oyster counterparts since they are grown more upstream. A delightful Maine oyster you'll be sure to enjoy.

Oysterology Details

Harvest Locations
Bagaduce River - Midcoast, Maine

Size and Availability
3.25 inches | June through December

Flavor Profile
Nice cup size with mild, salty start and a clean finish.

Flavor Influenced By 

  • Salinity: 2.0% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Two daily tides with 2 to 3 ft. tidal range
  • Bottom Makeup: Mixture of sand and cobble

Growout Method
Oysters are raised in floating mesh bags, allowing them to drink in nutrient rich water while shells are being lightened by the sun. Time to market: 2 to 3 years.


Frank and Tonyia Peasley

About the Grower

Little Island Oyster Company, run by Frank and Tonyia Peasley, grow their oysters on a 5.3 acre site in the upper waters of the Bagaduce River in Maine. Frank, who grew up along the Bagaduce River where his parents operated the Bagaduce Lunch restaurant, started planting an oyster bed around the area in 2009. Today, the Peasley family's oysters have reached many raw bars across the country and in Canada. If you are ever on the Bagaduce River, you might just see them working with their daughters, Hannah and Sophie, near their little island with the red camp under the pines.