Katama Bay

Katama Bay

Regular price $ 36.95

Katama Bay, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Mystically salty + delicious, Katamas have a benevolent sweet-cream roundness. Their shells have less splintering so there’s little to no rinsing required, allowing you to soak in the intense brine flavor of the Atlantic.

salty | sweet | well-rounded

3.5 inches

Pairs Perfectly with:

  1. Your Softest T-Shirt
  2. Fleeting Moments
  3. Your Favorite Friends
  4. Dessert Wines




The word "Katama" comes from a Wampanoag word meaning "crab-fishing place." Ryan Smith of Signature Oysters, a born and raised shell fisherman, grew up on Martha's Vineyard knowing that this special place was in his bones. He now spends seven days a week in all seasons growing his Katamas. If you've ever been there, you know it's like being in a real live postcard, so pristine are the waters, the sandy shore and the shellfish. If you have a chance to go, you must. If you don't, you must invite these "boutique" beauties to your table. ⁠⁠⁠⁠

The Gritty Details:

Hatchery seed is purchased from Maine and started in a tidal upweller, then moved to rack-and-bags off-bottom. Time to market: 2 to 3 years.

Flavor Influenced by:

  1. Salinity: 3.3% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  2. Tides: 5 to 7 ft. tides from open ocean
  3. Bottom Makeup: Sandy with some eel grass vegetation