The Oysters

Even landlocked cities are only upstream from the ocean. Athens, Georgia sits on the banks of the Oconee River, which flows into the Altamaha River and pours into the Atlantic. Being far from the beach doesn’t mean that our actions don’t impact our ocean. This philosophy guides the purchasing and educational purposes of Seabear Oyster Bar.

Emily B. Hall for Seabear Oyster Bar

Oysters are not only delicious–they are key to the ocean’s ecosystem. These filter feeders pull in water over their gills, eating the algae that otherwise threaten the health of a body of water.

We hope to encourage the oyster industry, and we want to do this conscientiously. We are partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, which helps us determine what seafood has been grown sustainably.

As loyal Georgians, we also want to see oysters repopulate the coast of our great state. The Georgia coast was once a national hub of oyster growth. Until the Great Depression, Georgia oysters could even be found in Campbell’s Oyster Soup.

Thanks to the recent work of Justin Manley, the University of Georgia, and the Department of Natural Resources, Georgia oysters are making a comeback. To show our support, we hope to serve these oysters in the future.

You can learn more about the some of the shellfish we are proud to carry by visiting their sites:
Inland Seafood
Taylor Shellfish Farms
J. P.’s Shellfish
Sewansecott Oysters
Foley Fish