Thatch Island Oysters
Barnstable Harbor, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Thatch Island Oysters, exclusively distributed by Pangea Shellfish, are high quality select oysters from Barnstable, Massachusetts. They consistently have full, plump meats, and strong, sturdy shells that shuck well. We are proud to have these oysters in our line-up because these oysters came to impress.


oysterology

Production: Farmed
Availability: Year-round
Size: 3.75 inches
Appearance: Deep cups, uniform clean shells
Flavor Profile: Briny bite with silky meat and limestone finish.

 

 


SITE DETAILS 

  • Salinity: 2.7% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: 8 to 10 ft. tides - freshwater input of Scorton Creek
  • Bottom Makeup: Clean, sandy bottom, and large thatch beds

Growout Method
 

Oyster seed is floated using custom "oyster tubes," then moved to larger mesh bags. Time to market: 1.5 to 2 years.

Harvest Locations
Barnstable Harbor - Cape Cod, Massachusetts


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the grower

Matt Bunnell did it all as a commercial fisherman.  He started out tuna fishing as a teenager, he then worked a groundfish hook and line boat before dragging for sea scallops. When Matt and his wife Jen decided to have a family, Matt transitioned to oyster farming for a steadier source of income and a vocation where he would would not have to leave for days at a time. Together, the formed Sandy Neck Oyster Company.   

Their oysters have a distinct sweetness produced by the nutrient rich tides of Barnstable.  They are fulfilled by seeing the labor of their love grow into beautiful deep-cupped oysters and being able to share them with others.