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American Oyster

American Oyster
At Downeast Institute, we are striving to produce a line of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) that can thrive in the cold, clean waters of eastern Maine.  We do this by selectively breeding adult oysters that demonstrate favorable growth on downeast lease sites. By breeding these special broodstock with one another we will be able to amplify genes that show favorable growth and survival in our local waters.  The offspring will be able to support the expansion of oyster farming in Washington County so our residents can take advantage of the Maine oyster boom and help us diversify our marine resources.
To order American oyster seed, contact Kyle Pepperman at (207) 259-5048 or kyle.pepperman@downeastinstitute.org 

American Oyster Seed Prices (updated 2/20/24)

Size (mm) Size (in) Price per 1,000 Time of Availability
1 mm 0.04 in $9.00 May – June
1.5 mm 0.06 in $12.00 June
2 mm 0.08 in $15.00 June
3 mm 0.11 in $20.00 June- July

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