Salt Water Farms
165 Tidal Drive
North Kingston, RIUnited States
Salt Water Farms is the farming affiliate of American Mussel Harvesters. Salt Water Farms is located off Aquidneck Island in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay Rhode Island. The farm is in fifty feet of water and utilizes long line technology to grow bivalve shellfish suspended in trays in mid-water. Warm, plankton (microscopic green plants) enriched water from the Providence River and Mount Hope Bay moves through the farm on the ebb tide. On the flood, cool ocean water from Block Island Sound pushes its way up glacially cut passages and bathes the shellfish on the farm. Shellfish are vegetarians and they filter the plankton from the water. No artificial diets or antibiotics are used on the farm. This filtering activity removes particulates from the water thus improving water clarity. Additionally, excess nitrogen (the curse of most coastal ecosystems) is removed by the shellfish and converted to edible animal protein. At harvest this nitrogen is permanently removed from the ecosystem.