The Basin Oyster Project (BOP) is an oyster shellfish reef restoration effort in Phippsburg, managed by a collaborative group of aquaculture farmers and scientists..
Our work is geared towards education & quantifiable direct benefit to the local ecosystem through improving water quality & creating a regenerating shellfish reef habitat.
Cape Small is a bold and rocky point delineating the Easternmost point of Casco Bay. Tucked into Small Point Harbor, these sweet and tiny oysters receive a twice daily dose of fresh phytoplankton to munch on with each and every rising tide!
Cape Small Farm was started by John and his mom, Jillian, in 2016. Currently this boutique farm produces a relatively small quantity (under 20,000 oysters/year). They are surface cage grown, utilizing hand sorting and shaking techniques. These oysters are characterized by a nicely cupped shell and a crisp, clean finish.
Our Sofar Trident Drone dives underwater and sends high definition imaging back to a remote control screen as we navigate the area to survey the site of our shellfish reef to study the health of the habitat.
We also use this technology to educate school groups about this project, scout out new fishing holes, inspect hulls, and have fun with family charter bookings exploring the marine life in the area.
Check out the YouTube for videos from our recent surveys.
If you would like the chance to play around with this, book a time to head out and have some fun! Suitable for aspiring scientists of all ages.