Known as a “blue jewel,” Ninigret Pond is a 1700-acre coastal lagoon. Bounded on its southern side by barrier beaches and in the east by Charlestown Beach, the pond is linked to the Atlantic and Block Island Sound via a breachway. These waters serve not only as a home to a full-service marina, but is also home to several well-respected oyster companies.
Each year, millions of oysters are seeded and spawned in the hatcheries behind the Landing’s property, then harvested in the waters of Ninigret Pond. The local oyster varieties include East Beach Blondes, Ninigret Cups, and Charlestown Salts.
Nick Papa, Rob Krause and Jim Arnoux are more than boatyard operators, they are protectors of these waters as oyster farmers who understand the nuances of the place and what it takes to keep it pristine. The three men formed a friendship that is evidenced in their work together in the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative and later, in their joint venture to run Ninigret Landing.
Visitors to Ninigret Landing enjoy not only a beautiful spot to land, but also gain a first-hand look at oyster farming. Ask to see the Ninigret Oyster Farm’s floating nursery raft, the growing racks, or simply enjoy the bounty these waters provide by speaking with Jim, Rob or Nick about tasting these amazing varieties of hyper-local oysters.
Learn more about more regional oyster farming at the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative.