Adam Tyler

1st GENERATION OYSTER FARMER
FARMS NEAR 
Harkers Island, NC
CULTIVATES Core Sounder Oysters

“When you work on the water, it’s what you do. Very few people give it up.”

Adam Tyler’s family has been working the waters around Core Sound since the 1700’s. Adam carries on that tradition today, commercially fishing the same waters his ancestors did. In addition, Adam owns and operates Core Sound Oyster Company near Harkers Island, which produces the Core Sounder Oyster.

Adam loves oysters because they reflect where they are grown. His Core Sounders taste like the Core Sound. You can’t find oysters that taste like this anywhere else. For someone whose roots here go so deep, that is undeniably important.

Adam has this work in his blood, like so many folks down east. They are inextricably tied to this place and this lifestyle. The water keeps calling to them, their children. As Adam puts it, “When you work on the water it’s what you do. Very few people give it up.”

Learn more about Adam’s Core Sounder Oyster here.

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