Al’s love of Cape Cod began in the 1950’s with his Dad Bert. They spent weekends fishing the local waters and enjoying oysters and clams by the dozens. He never forgot that taste of the sea. 

Al’s involvement in Bostons restaurant scene inspired him to join the Farm to Table food revolution. He traded in his city life and moved back to Osterville to search for the secret to the beautiful Oysters he remembered from his childhood.

In 1983, after much trial and error selecting seed, figuring out planting densities and timing the growth patterns. Al discovered a distinctive formula for the Ocean-in-a-shell flavor that reminded him of his childhood in Osterville.

Dave Ryan has been at the helm since 1993 maintaining CCOC’s commitment to our community our employees and the environment. Our business is built on trust and extraordinary oysters. Our care for our customers is second only to our care for the environment. Cape Cod Oyster Company is vertically green all the way through our nursery, processing and delivery.

Al’s oysters are meaty and tender with a subtle cucumber finish. They score high in salinity and sweetness. Consistently producing high quality oysters requires a long term commitment to our customers and the waters. 

Cape Cod Oysters begin their days feeding in the nutrient rich waters of North Bay. From there they are hand grown from seedling to harvest in the premier merrior of Barnstable Harbor, protected by a barrier beach and eight thousand acres of forest, dune and marshland. The strong ebb and flow of fresh ocean tides give Cod Oysters their meaty, tender and mellow finish.


“When you taste an oyster you taste the water it was grown in”.



1983- 2000 Begins raising oysters but focuses primarily as a clam seed supplier to municipalities and other growers.  

Early 2000s Raised surf clams for market.  A naturally occurring clam disease makes this challenging. 

Early 2000s Rutgers University develops disease resistant oyster broodstock. Essentially starting the oyster renaissance. Cape Cod Oyster begins focusing exclusively on oysters.  

2003 Moves to new facility in Hyannis, Massachusetts 

2003-2016  Sells oysters all over the country, “before it was cool”

2016 Moves into state of the art, 3rd party audited facility in Barnstable, Massachusetts

2017 Acquires Washburn Island Oysters, Falmouth MA