Oysters are among the most sustainable seafood options available. Tony’s is proud to offer great prices on these eco-friendly delicacies. Read on to learn more about Barcat Oysters from Chesapeake Bay and be sure to check out our Weekly Specials page for deals on Sustainable Seafood from Tony’s.
Barcat Oysters are medium in size, averaging 2 1/2 – 3″, and are native to the Chesapeake Bay. They are aquaculture grown by a co-op of former “wild” harvesters and small-time watermen from all across the Chesapeake Bay who are bound by a commitment to quality, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
In the 1600’s, oysters in the Chesapeake Bay were so abundant that they were filtering the bay’s waters once a week. As technology improved during the Industrial Age, numbers of wild Chesapeake oysters began to decline due to over-harvesting and reef destruction.
Thankfully, oyster populations in the bay are on the rebound, due to innovative technology, sponsored and implemented by the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Farmers are continually improving their “aquaculture” practices and gradually, the Chesapeake Oyster is making a comeback. We are glad to support this effort!
Harvest Locations: Chesapeake Bay – Maryland / Virginia
Size and Availability: 2.5+ inches | Year-round
Flavor Profile: Very mild, but meaty. Salty start with a crisp, creamy, and slightly sweet finish.
For weekly specials on seafood at Tony’s visit our Weekly Specials page.