Chincoteague Salt Oysters
Chincoteague, Virginia

Grown in the salty waters surrounding Chincoteague Island and Assateague National Wildlife Refuge, these classic Virginia salt oysters are farm-raised by Mike McGee, a true “Old Salt.” If you're looking for a briny oyster, the Chincoteague Salt Oyster will fit the bill. 


Oysterology

Production: Farmed
Availability: Year Round
Size: 3.5+ inches
Flavor: Clean brine, with a mild earthy finish. 

    Growout Method
    Triploid oyster (will not spawn). Cage and tray cultured. Time to market: 18-24 months. 


    location

    Harvest Locations
    Leeward channels of the Cincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

    site details

    Salinity: 3.3% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
    Tides: Swift flow of the Assateague Channels
    Bottom Makeup: Sandy shores and clean bottom


    grower

    The Ballard family of Ballard Fish and Oyster Company has been producing great oysters for more than 115 years.  Today, the 5th generation has taken the helm and is still producing great shellfish. Through its extensive history, the Ballard Fish and Oyster Company has acquired exceptional shellfish growing grounds along Virgina’s eastern shore.