Treasure Island Oyster

Crassostrea gigas

Treasure Island oysters are raised from hatchery produced seed in south Puget Sound, WA.  The farm starts by putting the seed into “tumble bags” that are attached to a cable, which is itself supported by poles about three feet above the beach.  Each of the bags has a float on the end opposite the cable, and as the tide comes in the floats lift the bags into a vertical, float up position.  As the water recedes, the floats drop with the tide and the bags fall to a float down position.  This unique system tumbles the oysters with each incoming and outgoing tide.  South Puget Sound serves as an excellent nursery since there are significant tidal currents that provide the baby oysters with a wealth of food.  After they attain a certain size they are relocated from the tumble bags to the more tranquil waters off Treasure Island in Case Inlet, WA.  Here they finish growing on gravelly beaches waiting for harvest.  The finished product is a uniform, deep cupped oyster with a flat top shell.  They are mildly salty and sweet, with the fruity or melon-like aftertaste common to the pacific oyster.

Treasure Island Oyster
Treasure Island Oyster - Marinelli Shellfish Co.