South Lake Oyster
- Specie:Crassostrea virginica
- Origin:South Lake, PEI(CAN)
- Farmed: 6 years
- Average Size:2.75 inches
- Tides:South Lake; two large tides daily, from high to dry
- Bottom:Hard sandy bottom with tufts of eel grass
We started in the shellfish business in 1997 by purchasing, grading and selling wild caught oysters and quahogs. Today, we still process wild oysters from PEI, but we have expanded into cultivation.The bulk of the oysters in PEI are harvested from the west end of the Island. We are one of very few growers on the eastern end of the island, making our oysters unique. What makes them stand out are their blonde shells and sharp brine!
For the majority of the season, our farm operates similarly to most other farms, however during the bitter winters, we use an ice breaking boat to break apart the ice, and send it with the tide into the Northumberland Strait. This allows us to fish through the winter.
What we love most about growing oysters on PEI is the pride that we get when we look at each oyster floating on the farm. Each year the crop just keeps looking better and better. It's a rare thing to be able to find so much satisfaction in one's work.
Russell and Jacob Dockendorff