The Skipjack is an iconic oyster boat that has worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for centuries. Years of wear and tear have taken their toll on these classic wooden boats, eventually being replaced by smaller and more efficient workboats. A handful of survivors, part of the last sailing work fleet in North America, are still able to harvest the bounty of the bay. Sustainable management of the state's oyster fishery has left a robust population in what is one of the last wild fisheries in the country. Captain Bunky Chance brings a superior wild oyster to the plate along with a piece of living Chespeake history. (Skipjack Oysters)
Chesapeake Bay, MD
Wild: 24 to 36 months
Mild salinity, but meaty and savory.
Wild oysters set on the shells of previous oyster generations to form "oyster reefs" and harvested by boat dredge.
Large flushing tides with a lot of freshwater input
Mud and oyster reef bottom
Captain Bunky Chance leads his crew aboard the 'Faith' Skipjack boat. The superior oysters are harvested from grounds worked exclusively by Skipjacks. These grounds in the mid-Chesapeake Bay provide the optimal location for oyster growth and a mildly salty flavor profile (15-20 ppt salinity). Our oysters are culled to the highest standards to provide you with a consistent product to meet the needs of any chef. Once you sample our oyster you will be amazed by the taste. Captain Bunky's Skipjack Oysters will be your new favorite oyster. (Skipjack Oysters)