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Cedar Island Oyster
Point Judith Pond, RI
- Specie:Crassostrea virginica
- Origin:Point Judith Pond, RI(USA)
- Farmed: 18 to 24 months
- Average Size:3.25+ inches
- Available:June through February
An explosive, sweet brine with a velvety finish.
Upweller reared, then moved to rack-and-bag growout site. Dozens of species of fish, crabs and more use the cages as a protective artificial reef.
- Tides:Point Judith Salt Pond; 6-foot tides with little freshwater input.
- Bottom:Mud bottom with lots of biodiversity.
Both John and Cindy studied Aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island, learning about the raising and farming of fish and shellfish. Together, they operate the Cedar Island Oyster Farm and take pride in the fact that they are part of the aquaculture movement, which in recent years has gained in popularity. Raising oysters brings them much gratification. The Wests see their oysters as a vibrant part of the local ecosystem, and as natural filter feeders, essential to preserving the system.