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Hog Island Oyster Co. welcomes the Olympia oyster!

Olympia oysters (ostrea lurida) hold a special place in our heart here at Hog Island. As a true California native, Olympia’s once flourished with wild abundance along the Pacific Coast from southern California to southern Alaska. A slow growing and sensitive species, ‘Oly’s’ had nearly disappeared from San Francisco Bay completely by the late 1800’s, due to overharvesting during the California Gold Rush migration (1848-50s) and massive silting from hydraulic mining in California's Sierra Nevada (1850s-1880s). But the tiny bivalve is now on the rebound, owing to a myriad of restoration projects and a few painstakingly dedicated farmers.