Farming oysters on the Damariscotta River since 2018. In 2020 a LPA (federal and state licensed lease area) was taken out in Pleasant Cove, a stone’s throw from the homestead. Grown for pleasure, to give away, and someday perhaps to sell on very small scale. Also forage for wild oysters.

80% of Maine’s oysters come from this estuary, the Damariscotta River. Pleasant Cove is between Damariscotta/Newcastle and Boothbay Harbour/South Bristol, opposite the Darling Marine Center (UMaine). In the 1970s biologists seeded the river for European Flats/”Belons” and there are still populations that thrive…if you can find them.

Further reading:
Oyster LandDown East Magazine

Oysterator, Damariscotta region: “the ultimate destination for oyster lovers”

History of Oysters in Maine (1600-1970s), University Maine

Whaleback Shellfish Midden, Damariscotta, Bureau of Parks and Land

Damariscotta_River, wiki

Some great imagery from the region, courtesy of Coastal Rivers a conservation trust I’m involved with.