West Island Oysters from Nasketucket Bay, MA


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Quantity: 50 Count

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Dale Leavitt

Size: ~2.5"

A super easy shuck leads to creamy, delicious meats with intense table salt brine and a sweet vegetal finish.

About West Island Oysters

Harvest location: Nasketucket Bay, Fairhaven, MA

How they’re grown: Oysters are grown in floating “oyster condos”; wire mesh cages that contain multiple bags of oysters in racks within the cage. Floating encourages fast growth while supporting a solid shell and a deep cup, and they’re harvested after 18-24 months. They’re processed on-site resulting in a quick farm-to-table transition.

Why they’re unique: 
Blue Stream Shellfish is located on a 10-acre plot in Nasketucket Bay, Fairhaven, MA. The highly productive waters of the Bay are perfect for growing oysters, as well as kelp, which Dale also plans to grow. Dale says Nasketucket Bay is as near to a pristine body of water as you can find in the northeast.

Prior to owning Blue Stream Shellfish, Dale was a professor of Marine Biology at Roger Williams University, where he taught various classes on aquaculture, including an applied shellfish farming course. Over the years, he showed the shellfishing ropes to aspiring new farmers as well as seasoned, experienced vets, many of whom have gone on to start their own operations. Outside of the classroom setting, he trained start-up farms on the ins and outs of running a shellfishing business and provided technical assistance to farms in the US and Australia. In his free time, he spends his time in RWU’s Marine and Natural Sciences Building where Rhode Island’s only hatchery lives, does research on shellfish disease and biology and conducts studies on new farming methods like using clay pellets in lieu of sand. Something tells us Dale doesn’t like to sit still…

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Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Oyster FAQ

How long do my oysters keep?

Your oysters keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days!  You can order a day or two early to make sure you have them in time for your gathering.  They are totally fine hangin’ out in the cool air.  

How do I store these bad boys?

When you receive your package, pull them out of the box (these guys need a little fresh air!). Grab a mixing bowl and throw the mesh bag in the bowl so that the oysters don’t leak all over your refrigerator. Grab a damp cloth and throw the cloth over the bowl.  You are good to go for the next 5-7 days. Doesn’t hurt to dampen the cloth each day to keep them moist and chilled.

Should I keep them on ice?

Only put the oysters on ice before service.  The oysters will actually die in the melted fresh water so do not store the oysters on ice.  They will not like this.

How are they shipped?

We ship using FedEx Overnight service. You will receive tracking info after the label has been printed the day before your oysters are set to arrive.  We do not require a signature – Fedex will leave your package at your doorstep.

Is your packaging recyclable?

Short answer: YES!

Our ClimaCell thermal liners are made of 90% FSC certified virgin kraft paper and corn starch, which allows you to recycle the insulated liner at home along with the cardboard box.⁠

Not only are the liners water repellant, they’re just as insulating as traditional styrofoam AND they can be recycled up to 5 times. Saving the planet has never been easier.⁠

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