Cornell Oysters was started in 2003 by father and son team, Roger and Tom Cornell. Roger Cornell has been a commercial fisherman since the late 60’s, working on local bays and the Long Island Sound. From the time Tom was eight years old, he worked summers with his dad on their lobster boat. After college, Tom returned to lobstering working full time with his dad. However, in 1999, the Long Island Sound faced a sudden lobster die-off leaving Tom and Roger looking for a new way to make a living on the water.
In 2003 they received hands on training from Cornell Cooperative’s SPAT director, Kim Tetrault, on the process of growing an oyster seedling to market size. Now, 16 years later, Cornell Oysters has established themselves as a "Hamptons Favorite". Look for Cornell Oysters (Hog Necks) on the menu at your favorite restaurant!