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Maxwell Shellfish

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Located in Port Republic, NJ, Maxwell Shellfish is the work of six generations of Baymen and Baywomen.

Maxwell Shellfish is a sixth generation wholesale and retail market that cultivates, buys and sells oysters, clams and other seafood. Maxwell Shellfish is and operated by John Maxwell, his wife Kimberly and their daughters, Gretchen & Bridgitte. Our ancestors the Maxwell’s, Adams, Allen’s and Dayton’s have been harvesting clams and growing oysters since the 1830’s on the waters of New Jersey. They’ve been coastal traders, baymen, fishermen and boat builders in South Jersey for over 150 years. Our... READ MORE

Located in Port Republic, NJ, Maxwell Shellfish is the work of six generations of Baymen and Baywomen.

Maxwell Shellfish is a sixth generation wholesale and retail market that cultivates, buys and sells oysters, clams and other seafood. Maxwell Shellfish is and operated by John Maxwell, his wife Kimberly and their daughters, Gretchen & Bridgitte. Our ancestors the Maxwell’s, Adams, Allen’s and Dayton’s have been harvesting clams and growing oysters since the 1830’s on the waters of New Jersey. They’ve been coastal traders, baymen, fishermen and boat builders in South Jersey for over 150 years. Our oyster boats – the Capt. Curtis Maxwell and the Capt. Joe Dayton – are named after John’s Grandfathers.

We are located in Port Republic at Nacote Creek, a tributary of the Mullica River. Our oysters come from the Mullica River and Great Bay at the confluence of Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean Counties.

Though primarily a wholesaler to markets on the east coast and local restaurants we now have a retail market where you can buy a variety of local clams, oysters, scallops, shrimp, crabs and fish.

Our goal at Maxwell Shellfish is to grow our business in an environmentally sound way in harmony with nature to preserve the culture and heritage of the bay.

All of our oysters are Wild Harvest. We broadcast and bottom-plant on Graveling Point and Crab Island. This allows our oysters to grow quickly with maximum exposure to the rich and dynamic flavors offered to them in these marine environments. We use an iron dredge to harvest our oysters from the bottom of these tidal estuaries.

Our most popular oyster, Graveling Points have a fresh, light taste with a thick and hearty shell. This variety has been grown in a reef bed of oyster shells and are generally plump. Graveling Point oysters are 15 to 24 months old by the time they are harvested.

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