Ninigret Cup Oyster
- Specie:Crassostrea virginica
- Origin:Charlestown, RI(USA)
- Farmed: 2 years
- Average Size:3.25 inches
- Available:May through December
- Tides:Ninigret Pond; small tides with abundant freshwater.
- Bottom:Hard packed sand.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Biology from Springfield College in Massachusetts, Rob Krause moved to Rhode Island with plans to start an oyster farm. He took graduate courses in Aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island and during this time, he worked on Moonstone Oyster Farm with John West, who now owns and runs the Cedar Island Oyster Farm with his wife, Cindy. The two worked together for six years, and now as owners of independent farms and both members of the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative, remain close friends.
“We're part of a tight community of (oyster) growers, even with other local growers who don't belong to the cooperative. We don't see each other as competition.”