Truro Pearl Oysters
Truro, Massachusetts


Production: Farmed
Availability: Year-round
Size: 3 inches
Appearance: Tan and white shells, deep cup
Flavor: Intense mineral brine, sweet, lingering finish


the location 

  • Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Large tides with significant nutrient inflow from nearby brackish lake (Pilgrim Lake).
  • Bottom: Sandy bottom, yields clean shells

growout method

Floating bags are used for the spring and summer months. In the fall, the oysters are brought in and transferred to bottom cages and later pulled out of the water to store in a refrigerated warehouse over winter.   


the grower

Dan Smith started his career in healthcare in radiology and then later rose to be COO of a large health system before founding a health care consulting company. Dan has long had interest in aquaculture and, with the help of some friendship and mentorship from a fellow grower, ventured into oyster farming several years ago. Today, he lives in Truro with his wife (they have a daughter in college).  Dan proudly markets Truro Pearl Oysters and plans to expand his operation.