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Dutch Island Oyster

Jamestown, RI
Dutch Island Oysters are well known for their mineral saltiness and umami finish. Oysters are grown in surface gear visible from the Jamestown Bridge. Their proximity to the ocean water gives them a fresh salty taste.


Product Specifications
  • Specie:
    Crassostrea virginica
  • Origin:
    Jamestown, RI
  • Farmed
  • Average Size:
    3.5 inches
  • Available:
    June through December
Flavor Profile
Strong umami brine, silky texture, and cool stone finish.
Suggested Pairing:
Brine Intensity
Growout method
Oysters are grown in floating, surface gear.
Site Details
  • Tides:
    West Passage, Dutch Harbor; constant tidal flow and ocean water influence from Narragansett Bay.
  • Bottom:
    Rock and sand.
the Grower

Mark Goerner was a lobsterman who worked out of Jamestown for most of his life. When the fishery started going away, Goerner started working at Saltwater Farms in 2005, a shellfish farm in North Kingstown. While Goerner was glad to have the work at Saltwater Farms, but he also valued the independence he had working on his lobster boat.

In the fall of 2011, after years of working at Saltwater Farms and gathering the necessary permits, Goerner started Jamestown Oyster Company in Dutch Harbor. His long line of yellow buoys can be easily spotted from the Jamestown Bridge.