Oyster farming isn’t easy, but there’s a very good reason why we do it.
West Robins believes that oyster farming is one of the most environmentally responsible (and most delicious) forms of protein production mankind has ever adapted, and we want a food future with fewer negative environmental impacts. It’s that simple.
The following are a few preliminary ways our business is growing beyond sustainability:
Our oyster seed comes from regional shellfish hatcheries, is certified disease-free and does not out-compete native shellfish. We don’t harvest wild oyster seed or wild oysters from open access fisheries on Long Island which ensures that our crop is additive, rather than subtractive.
PACKAGING AND SHIPPING:
We receive orders, harvest, and ship our product to the end user on the same day when possible, minimizing food waste problems that can plague perishable supply chains. Our DTC business in the Hamptons eliminates the use of packaging and single-use plastics completely.
All salaried employees are or have the opportunity to become part-owners of our operation. We share a vision of growing our business for the benefit of our consumers and the planet, and it’s important to us that every stakeholder shares in the upside that results from doing good & well.
CORPORATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE:
We’re currently evaluating metrics to codify our ethos. Our focus is on 1% for the Planet, B Corp, and ASC Bivalve Certification, but let us know if you have other ideas.