At Salt Water Farms we currently operate three polyculture shellfish farms that grow eastern oysters and blue mussels. There are two farms in Narragansett Bay and one off the rocky coast of Newport.
East Passage Site
At this site we grow the majority of our Quonset Point, Beaver Tails and Umami oysters with the longline oyster culture method. Simultaneously we are catching the mussel seed that naturally sets in this shellfish sanctuary.
A.T Marine Site
Located off the western shore of Conanicut Island and north of Dutch Island this inshore site is destined to be our all-weather access mussel farm. With the mussel seeds collected at the East passage site we are stocking it full of Blue Gold Mussels in the winter to be harvested in the spring and summer. We also plant oysters here in the spring time when the East Passage site is fully loaded. With the location so close to shoreline there is a strong current that moves through the farm with each changing tide, making this site difficult to maneuver, but great for nurturing shellfish.
Newport Cliff Walk Site
This is our offshore site where we are growing Newport Cups Oysters and different strains of mussels. Located in about 70 feet of water it is exposed to all the fury of the Atlantic storms that batter the coast, from hurricanes to nor’easters. We are developing specific gear designs that are more durable, and this site is our testing ground for offshore aquaculture which is a promising opportunity to expand our operations!