Oyster Order Fulfillment, Oyster Shipping, Order Cancellation, Privacy
All oysters and spat are harvested live and fresh from our own farm in Virginia, cleaned, inspected for shell quality, packaged in certified, cold-storage shipping containers and shipped live in the shell. Oysters and spat will always ship the day they are harvested to ensure the highest quality.
Shipping & Tracking
We ship via UPS Next Day Air®, UPS Next Day Air Saver®, UPS 2nd Day Air® and, in limited cases, UPS Ground®. Shipping for an online oyster order will typically occur the day after the order is placed due to our harvesting schedule and UPS pickup times. Oyster and spat orders placed after harvesting on Thursday will be harvested and shipped on Monday to avoid weekend delivery.
Once your order is shipped, an email will arrive to the email address you provided on your order with your UPS tracking information. UPS tracking number details can be obtained from the UPS website at www.ups.com.
Once your order has shipped and we have obtained a tracking number from UPS, your order cannot be cancelled.
Consuming raw or uncooked seafood and shellfish may increase your risk of food-borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. Little Wicomico Oyster Company takes all the necessary precautions to ensure the Chesapeake Bay oysters you receive are of the highest quality, rigorously following all State and Federal laws.
Little Wicomico Oyster Company, LLC is committed to ensuring your privacy as a valued customer. Any personal information you provide us when placing an order or contacting us via email is used for internal purposes only and will never be sold or abused. We use the strongest, standards-compliant web security, SSL 128-bit for all order information and we do not store credit card information.
Oysters as Filters
Oysters are incredible filter feeders. A single oyster can filter approximately 30 gallons of water in a 24 hour period.
They filter algae, brine, plankton and other small organisms from the water which helps to clear the water in the Chesapeake Bay.
There once were billions of wild oysters thriving in the Chesapeake Bay.
Unfortunately, over harvesting, habitat destruction by dredging, and two diseases that do not affect humans have decimated the population.
Today, natural oyster reefs are being built by Chesapeake Bay biologists and conservationists to help keep the wild oysters off the bottom, hoping to replenish this natural filter.