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shellfishly motivated

acting on a deep desire to use the power of shellfish for the betterment of our people and our planet

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A North Carolina-based collaboration between a marine scientist and a commercial fisherman, Sandbar Oyster Company has developed a revolutionary approach to growing oysters, building oyster reefs and protecting shorelines.


what we do



Our world is warming and sea levels are rising, causing the shores of our estuaries to rapidly erode. Global sea level rose 7 inches over the 20th century.  Over the past 6 years, sea level rose 6 inches along Southeast U.S. shores1. Bulkheads and seawalls -- the current “go-to” protection technology -- destroy natural habitats2, often fail under stress3 and are expensive4.  Shoreline owners and coastal managers are seeking effective protection that is affordable and nature-friendly.  Our patent-pending, biodegradable hardscape restores oyster reefs and saltmarshes to create “living shorelines” that provide exceptional erosion control and essential fish habitat5, doing so at substantially lower cost than competing technologies.

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habitat restoration

A key focus of SANDBAR’s business is the preservation, restoration and de novo creation of oyster-based habitats.  With Oyster Catcher™ and other SANDBAR products we [or YOU] can create intertidal oyster reefs that protect estuarine shorelines and support the progressive regrowth of oyster reef/salt marsh complexes over nearshore bottom they previously occupied and, where appropriate, create subtidal oyster reefs for habitat restoration and harvest.  Ecosystem benefits provided by oyster and salt marsh habitats include enhancement of multiple estuarine-dependent fisheries species, shoreline protection, improved water quality and rebuilding wild oyster populations.


Seed Oysters

SANDBAR is bringing innovation and sustainability to oyster aquaculture by offering forms of Oyster Catcher™ and know-how to produce large quantities of seed oysters derived from the natural spawnings of regional populations of wild oysters and for use in hatcheries as a shell substitute.

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premium NC oysters

SANDBAR’s signature oysters for the consumer market are the unique “green gill” oysters, with the Atlantic Emerald™ being the “gold-standard”.  For centuries, the French have coveted their fines de claire vertes from the Marennes-Oléron region of France.  Yet, in North American, naturally-occurring green gills have been treated as second-class oysters.  What’s up America?  Eastern North Carolina has some of the finest green-gill growing regions in North America, and SANDBAR is leading the charge bringing green gills to North American ostraephiles. (note: fine de claire vertes cannot be imported into the U.S.)

how we do it


introducing the
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