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Riptide Oyster

Westport, MA
The Riptide Oyster Farm has the perfect location for growing oysters. The farm is surrounded by state and town protected land, which ensures a pristine environment for eternity. The farm has 3' tidal changes, a salt pond and two freshwater creeks nearby that make the food and water extremely unique for our oysters. You will not find another oyster in the world with the unique Riptide taste or finish.


Product Specifications
  • Specie:
    Crassostrea virginica
  • Origin:
    Westport, MA
  • Farmed: 18 to 24 months
  • Average Size:
    2.75 inches, 3.5 inches
  • Available:
Flavor Profile
Moderate brine, soft meats, and a sweet, earthy finish.
Suggested Pairing:
Sauvignon blanc
Brine Intensity
Growout method
Seed is grown in an upweller, then moved to weighted cages for final growout.
Site Details
  • Tides:
    Buzzards Bay; 3-foot tidal range of strong currents with a salt pond and freshwater creeks nearby.
  • Bottom:
    Sand and mud.
the Grower

My wife, Kristin, and I started Riptide Oyster Farm in 2010. The farm came to fruition for several reasons. I majored in Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology at the University of Rhode Island and was a commercial lobsterman fishing 800 lobster traps off my hometown of Westport, MA. After five years of lobstering, a change seemed necessary. I researched oyster farming and approached the town of Westport for an aquaculture grant. Two years later, we were granted the first two aquaculture grants in town history.

The first years were tough, but very successful. I was farming oysters, but still fished for lobsters full-time. Kristin would drive the oysters to Pangea Shellfish, so I could keep working on the farm. Since then, our farm has grown into a year-round operation with two other employees on the team.

We are different from other farms because of our techniques and our never-ending goal to create the perfect oysters. Since there are no other farms located in the Westport River, we were able to evolve in isolation with very little influence from other farms. Unlike other popular oyster towns that have tons of oyster farms, we have no one to copy. Not having a neighbor has allowed us to test and develop techniques that are specialized for our grants. We learned early on to use our knowledge to work with the environment rather than fight it.

Kerian Fennelly
Riptide Oysters