Pearl Point Oyster
- Specie:Crassostrea gigas
- Origin:Netarts Bay, OR(USA)
- Farmed: 16 to 18 months
- Average Size:2.75+ inches
- Available:September through April
- Tides:Netarts Bay; brisk current and nutrient-rich tides that open to the Pacific Ocean.
- Bottom:Clean sand.
Located upriver from Newport, Yaquina Bay has been a haven for growing oysters since Oregon Oyster Farm was established by the Wachsmuth family in 1907 to supply oysters for Dan and Louis Oyster Bar. Xin Liu learned this when he came to Oregon in 1992. A career academic, he left a teaching position at the Ocean University of China in 1992 to pursue doctoral studies at Oregon State University. His research at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport focused on genetic diversity in oysters. In 1997, he became a full-time oyster farmer for Oregon Oyster Farms, the state’s longest-standing operation of its kind.
Today, Oregon Oyster Farms has grown to a 500-acre farm with partnerships along the Oregon Coast from Netarts to Coos Bay.