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KNOW YOUR OYSTER FARM 

Aquidneck Island Oyster Company

Jamestown, RI


October 2022

Calling all oyster lovers! Aquaculture is a vital part of Rhode Island's seafood industry making up a large part of the species that are landed annually. 


This month's feature is Aquidneck Island Oyster Company! They are wrapping up their third growing season on the Sakonnet River nestled in Jamestown. They are one of more than 80 aquaculture operations in the state of Rhode Island. Aquidneck Island Oyster Company harvests a variety of shellfish that includes oysters, bay scallops, and clams. The oyster farm sits on just under three acres, and the team utilizes all parts of the water column to grow the shellfish during their different life cycles. 

As a small four-manned operation, Aquidneck Island Oyster is more like a family business than anything else. Dan Torre and his wife Kaitlin oversea the management and AJ is the farm manager, while newly hired Sophia promotes the business through its social media channels. While small, their impact has been great and is ever expanding. 

Dan pursued a Master's degree in Marine Biochemistry studying water quality and its interaction with algae, which acts as a food source for oysters. Dan studied the benefits of oyster aquaculture to the surrounding environment and fell in love with the idea of water-based farming, and the plethora of benefits it provides, while simultaneously farming something that everyone loves. Fast forward two years when he finished his degree and moved to Rhode Island. Dan's wife Kaitlin loves playing a part in the farm-to-table experience while fostering a positive environmental impact. 

 

Farm manager AJ got into oyster farming when he was in college. Growing up in New Jersey, he always knew he wanted a career that would keep him on and in the water. The satisfaction of watching his hard work go from farm to table is never something he wants to give up. Not only does AJ get to care for the crop, but also the waters and environment around him. AJ says that he finds it hard to complain about work when he spends every day on a boat. 

 

The newest member of their team is Sophia Motta, a junior at URI studying Oceanography. She has been working with Aquidneck Island Oyster Company for the last year as a marketing/social media personnel. "Nothing gets better than working on the water," she says. As a URI student, she is thankful for the opportunity to work hands-on with a local, sustainable company that takes such pride in its work. 

 

"Oysters take on their flavor from the water they're grown in and the food they eat, which is largely a factor in where and how they are being grown. I think it's fascinating how variable the flavor and appearance of oysters can be based on such small changes in geography and growing techniques" Dan says. Oysters from Aquidneck Island Oyster Company can be found in markets throughout the state like Belmont Market in Wakefield, Dave's Marketplace, and Andrade's Catch in Bristol, and they are available for home order and the Aquidneck Grower's Market through Local Catch. They are also available at most of the Newport Restaurant Group locations, Gulf Stream in Portsmouth, Midtown Oyster Bar in Newport, and Two Ten Oyster Bar in Wakefield. 

 

Next time you are in the mood for local Rhode Island-grown oysters, including those from Aquidneck Island Oyster Company, use the Local Seafood Finder to find a location near you. 

Favorite Marine Species: Bay scallops! They're delicious, fascinating, and fun to watch underwater. 

Favorite Seafood Restaurant: We love the Newport Restaurant Group locations, including their newest FoodLove Market. 

Favorite Recipe: Raw oysters with a peach/rice wine vinegar mignonette. 

        

              -Aquidneck Island Oyster team



What to expect


Upcoming events


Taste of RI

October 20

Dave's Fresh Marketplace Vendor Days

October 22-23

Dave's Fresh Marketplace

Meet Local Vendors and sample flavors of Rhode Island. Stop by our RI Seafood table! 




October 22: Smithfield Crossing location 1PM-3PM (371 Putnam Pike Smithfield, RI 02917)

October 23: East Greenwich location 1PM-3PM (1000 Division St. East Greenwich, RI 02818)

Taste of Rhode Island

Find RI seafood at Taste of Rhode Island, Thursday October 20! Learn more about local species, fisheries, and local fishers and growers! Ask us where you can find Rhode Island Seafood near you! 



Enter the ticket giveaway by checking the Instagram page of @lindsayiadeluca_ri 

Fishline App Launch

Find fresh, local seafood near you! Fishline is now available for both Apple and Android devices.


Looking to buy RI Seafood direct from commercial fishers, or find retailers and restaurants serving RI seafood near you? There's an app for that! Download the FISHLINE APP and search for available RI seafood. Developed via a partnership with the Commercial Fisheries Center of RI, fishline is a free app that offers an interactive seafood map, recipes, stories, and much more! 

More information and tickets
View the RI Seafood Finder


JORDYN KASTLUNGER

Fisheries Marketing Specialist

C: (619) 278-8275

Jordyn.Kastlunger.ctr@dem.ri.gov

RI Seafood Marketing Collaborative Website

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