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.