Shipwreck Select Oysters
South Lake, Canada

“The Shipwreck Select branding reminds us of the dangers of navigating around Prince Edward Island's eastern point.  In the 17th and 18th Centuries more ships were wrecked in the colliding tides of East Point than anywhere else around the shoreline of PEI.  The tides have formed Canada's most spectacular sandy dune beaches but also one of Canada's most prized oysters. Only Shipwreck Selects can survive in these dangerously good waters. “ Jacob Dockendorf


oysterology

Production: Farmed
Availability: Year-round
Size: 3 inches
Appearance: Medium Cup, thick and vibrant green shells
Flavor Profile: Medium brine paired with sweet grass and cool minerals

 


site details

  • Salinity: 2.4 - 2.6% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity

  • Tides: Twice daily large tidal range, from high to dry

  • Bottom Makeup: White sand with ample eel grass

Growout Method 

Combination of floating bags and a bottom finish

Harvest Locations
South Lake, Prince Edward Island


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The Grower

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