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Major Oyster Depot to Open

CANADA - A native Islander who has been shucking with success for years in Toronto is set to take a big plunge into the oyster industry in P.E.I.

According to the Guardian, Rodney Clark, who for 20 years has been running Rodney’s Oyster House in downtown Toronto’s financial district, is building a major oyster depot plant at the wharf in Nine Mile Creek.

Construction of the 345- sq. metre plant is expected to be complete by the end of August.

The facility, called The Rodney’s Oyster Depot, will buy, grow, grade, package and ship oysters to customers throughout North America and internationally. The facility will include an oyster tasting room, retail, and an oyster interpretive centre.

Clark, in a statement, said he has a vision for the P.E.I. oyster industry. He sees a future when the Island’s reputation for producing quality oysters is enhanced, when the oyster industry is stable, self-sustaining, and profitable for growers.

“I see a future where P.E.I. growers can take pride in producing the world’s best for oyster aficionados within Canada and internationally,’’ he said.

View the Guardian story by clicking here.