At Barrier Island Oyster Co., our mission is to produce the very best oysters in Charleston, while preserving our pristine Lowcountry waterways for future generations to enjoy.
That's why we grow every one of our oysters from seed to market size entirely in floating cages. This restorative growing method guarantees the highest quality product, and also helps to reduce the pressure on wild oyster reefs.
Floating just a few thousand yards from open ocean, our Sea Cloud premium single oysters experience nearly constant wind and wave action, which chips away overset and extra shell growth while also helping to polish and deepen each cup.
The result is a beautiful tide-tumbled oyster that brings the clean, salty taste of a Lowcountry marsh fresh from the river to your table.
Each Sea Cloud single oyster starts as a hatchery-spawned seed and spends its life floating in local Charleston waters. After reaching harvest size, Sea Clouds are chipped smooth and washed by hand before being delivered to market.
This process allows us to ensure a consistently delicious, incredibly clean single - while helping to preserve our wild oyster reefs and slow the erosion of vital marshland.
Sea Clouds also naturally increase the struggling South Carolina wild oyster population by spawning several times throughout the year, and clean the water around them by filter feeding.
Like a fine wine, Sea Clouds derive their bright, briny flavor from the distinctive merroir or "sense of place" that is created by the unique combination of salt, grasses, phytoplankton, and other nutrients flowing through the water where they live.
Floating at the top of the water column, where the changing tides flush them clean four times each day, Sea Clouds contain none of the mud or silt typically found in a shoreline or bottom oyster.
Meanwhile, the regular influx of pure ocean water means salinity levels on the farm stay high - even at low tide.