Welcome to Sebonac Inlet Oyster Farm
"Our World is Your Oysters"
Our mission is to produce the finest oysters known to man.
Home of "Sebonac Teacups"
Our Farm located in Great Peconic Bay, Long Island, New York began cultivation of its first crop of oysters in September, 2018. We are hoping to harvest a limited number during late 2019. Besides the fact that oysters are an excellent and delicious source of nutrition, consider that each one of the oysters in cultivation helps to improve water quality for the whole ecosystem.
This website will be a running commentary on our progress. The most recent posts will be on top, and as long as the host server can handle it, and as long as it makes sense, the older posts will be on the bottom.
We hope you enjoy your visit and one of these days you can enjoy one of our finest oysters known to man...
Late September '19
Sebonac Teacups Available in October at a Local Market.. details to follow.
Here's our Historic First Crop!!:
A picture says a thousand words.
Very Healthy Looking
Water Temperature: 49F Time to check them out. They overwintered very well...almost zero loss, came up pretty clean, even had a little growth since late November. We cleaned, tumbled, sorted them and put them back down with some of the fast-growers in larger mesh bags with lower density population. The slower growing were also thinned out to give them more water flow and food. We swapped out to the summer buoys as well.
A little hard to tell here but most of these are approaching "quarter size"
Spring has Arrived!!
Proud Member of Long Island Oyster Growers Association. Click the logo below and then go to the "Meet the Farmers" section for more on us, as well as the other farmers in the association. Try some of their oysters while you wait for ours to mature.
We were able to get out there and install this new center marker and the new corner markers before the weather shut us down for a while. Soon after these new markers were put into place we had an arctic blast that froze the surface of the bay down a few inches.. It soon broke up and became a large moving mass of broken ice. The buoys did their stuff and disappeared beneath it all and popped back up when the ice cleared a few days later. As this is written we are getting the "Polar Vortex" again, and it will freeze the bay yet again. One of these days soon we are going to have a "drilling party" at the Sebonac Inlet Oyster Farm LLC headquarters here in beautiful Hampton Bays NY.. What that means is we are going to put holes in a couple of new tumbler tubes. As soon as the deed is done we will post some pics. In the meantime...Stay warm.
We also want give some thanks to one of our great benefactors, Peconic Baykeeper Inc.. Please take some time to check out their site and maybe do some volunteer work, or donate to the cause. Here is a link to their site (where there are a few more pics of us :~)): Peconic Baykeeper Aquaculture Project
We also want to thank Cornell Cooperative Extension. Their help has been very beneficial to us in getting started with our farm. The SPAT program was a great training for us and if it weren't for that program we might not have even started. In addition, all the staff members there were greatly knowledgeable about things necessary for us to know, and that knowledge was passed to us freely and always with a smile. Please check out their website too, and as with Peconic Baykeeper, please consider volunteering or donating. Cornell Cooperative SPAT Program
Happy Holidays to all!
The two buoys in the background show how the winter sticks float. Notice the black color near the water level. This is in case the ice forms around them. The theory is that the black will absorb heat from the sun and melt the surrounding ice. The link with the cages where the knot is tied is located around 3 feet below the surface, well below the level where ice would be able to cut or snag it. The high-flyer in the pic will also be replaced with a winter stick style buoy.
Here are the winter stick buoys. They are going to be used during the winter since the Great Peconic Bay can freeze over sometimes. It doesn't happen every year, but you never know, and we've already had skim ice on the creeks. We made these buoys ourselves. They are a secret mix of concrete and flotation foam and give around 2 lbs of useful buoyancy. They are meant to be able to easily duck under any ice floes that might come their way, and pop up again when the ice floe passes over. Or, if they freeze in, they should be able to stand there in the ice and, by using the sun's energy, melt a hole for themselves so they will pull under when the ice moves. Well..we will find out.
Back in the day..
Our first day on our primary work vessel. The boat is a 24' converted fiberglass pontoon "Skipper Craft" from the '70's. It was stripped, and re-decked last year by an oyster grower in Virginia. We purchased the boat last winter and made some changes and additions. The crane is a combination of home built/off the shelf parts with an electric capstan winch on it. The boat is an ongoing project as it still needs some equipment added.
We tumbled, cleaned and measured the growth.
A dirty deck at the end of the day. A lot of "winkles"....hmmmmm.... might be the species Littorina littorea. If so, they are the descendants of the ones that most likely came from Europe in the mid 1800's. They are edible by the way.
The Baby Oysters (Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)) were planted on September 1, 2018. They were put into fine mesh bags and placed in cages near the bottom of the Great Peconic Bay so that they can grow larger in a safe nourishing environment. This 5 acre bottomland site was graciously made available to us by special agreement with Peconic Baykeeper Inc.
We had to use the 14 foot aluminum boat since our primary workboat engine was not cooperating.
Thank you Mr. Sean O'Neill, Peconic Baykeeper Inc.