Two Docks Shellfish

Two Docks Shellfish Your source for locally grown shellfish in Tampa, St. Pete, Bradenton, Sarasota and the rest of southwest Florida. Welcome to the Two Docks Shellfish page.
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We farm clams in Tampa Bay and Gasparilla Sound and distribute them throughout SW Florida. We're committed to producing the best clams in the world, and producing them in a way that respects mother nature and our shared environment. Give us a call anytime - we'd love to be your supplier.

Operating as usual

New year - new logo. We’re proud to be Tampa Bay’s hometown shellfish producer and we think this new logo reflects that ...
01/26/2021

New year - new logo. We’re proud to be Tampa Bay’s hometown shellfish producer and we think this new logo reflects that pride. Hats and shirts available soon on our website (swipe over for a picture of a prototype hat!) DM or email for details. Or just stay tuned!

Yeah. These dudes. Left at sunup in the teeth of a surprise hurricane to get clams for all our buyers. Because they knew...
11/11/2020

Yeah. These dudes. Left at sunup in the teeth of a surprise hurricane to get clams for all our buyers. Because they knew that after the storm passed we’d need to be ready to deliver. Made it back just before all hell broke loose. They knew it would be nasty but they went anyway..... So when you’re out and about this weekend.... remember the folks who put the good stuff in the kitchen, come hell or high water. Like Marc and Nick. And happy Veterans Day! Thanks to everyone who put on the uniform. #surprise #hurricane #eta #clams #aquaculture #farm #hellorhighwater #veteransday #gulfseafood #tampabay

About time for these kids to move out of the house and get a real job. #clam #seed #nursery #ocean #tampabay #gulfofmexi...
10/31/2020

About time for these kids to move out of the house and get a real job. #clam #seed #nursery #ocean #tampabay #gulfofmexico #future #seafood

10/26/2020

Baby Clams!

They say summer isn’t a great time to plant clams. But Marc Scott has it all figured out. #clam #seed #planting #farm #f...
09/22/2020

They say summer isn’t a great time to plant clams. But Marc Scott has it all figured out. #clam #seed #planting #farm #farmer #aquaculture #gulfofmexico #seafood #summer #seeyounextyear #classof2021

Ok Tampa Bay area restaurants (and seafood markets) we heard you! We love whole fish too, but sometimes it’s nice to get...
09/15/2020

Ok Tampa Bay area restaurants (and seafood markets) we heard you! We love whole fish too, but sometimes it’s nice to get the fillet work taken care of by someone else. So check out these gorgeous 6 to 7 oz pompano butterfly fillets from our friends at Aquaco Farms. Harvested fresh, processed locally, and distributed by Two Docks Shellfish. They’re delicious, beautiful, and versatile. And sustainably produced. If you’re interested give us a call or shoot us a DM. We’d love to bring you a sample. #restaurant #seafood #fish #pompano #local #farmtotable #sustainable #aquaculture #delicious #foodie #tampa #clearwater #stpetersburgfl #bradenton #annamariaisland #sarasota

Out and about this week. If you're in the mood for super fresh clams for your weekend festivities go online and put in a...
08/04/2020

Out and about this week. If you're in the mood for super fresh clams for your weekend festivities go online and put in an order. Or DM us here. Or shoot us an email. Or send a smoke signal. Whatever. We'd love to send some your way! www.twodocksshellfish.com

07/21/2020
The Beach House Restaurant

Spent the day on the water with our friend Charlie from the Chiles Group talking about local foods and shellfish, and eating weird pizza (watch till the end!). Charlie got a bunch of footage of what we do and where we do it. If you have a minute check it out.

Next time you're on Anna Maria Island visit one of the Chiles Group Restaurants. Sandbar, Mar Vista, or (and!?) the Beach House. Great folks making great food, using the best ingredients our area has to offer.

And if you can't make it to Anna Maria log on to our website (www.twodockshellfish.com) and place an order for direct delivery to one of our pickup locations. And if you're in South Tampa we'll deliver direct!

When you dine with us you're helping an interwoven chain of local farmers and vendors thrive!

We connected with Two Docks Shellfish to learn more about where our clams come from and the farmers who make it happen

Also, Marc confesses his love for weird pizza toppings 👇

Hey everybody - we wanted to let you know we are still harvesting direct! Our pickup location at the Citrus Place is clo...
07/06/2020

Hey everybody - we wanted to let you know we are still harvesting direct!

Our pickup location at the Citrus Place is closed for the summer, but we're still taking beautiful, super fresh, super healthy product to our friends at Bayway, Mixon's, and Eat Here. And we're still delivering in South Tampa.

Clams only for a while longer but oysters will be back in the near future and we should have top-neck sized clams (great for frying!!!) in a week or two. Go online to www.twodocksshellfish.com and put in an order. We'd love to bring you some of the good stuff!

Our friend Angela Collins gives Julia Childs a run for her money! Great recipe!
06/13/2020

Our friend Angela Collins gives Julia Childs a run for her money! Great recipe!

Dinner is served! Don't forget to tune in to the livestream TONIGHT for some cookout clams with Florida Sea Grant agent, Angela Collins! Head over to the Florida Sea Grant page at 6 p.m. - you don't want to miss this backyard bivalve BBQ! For the full video, click here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=966606667141785&id=202331533137243

Hi Everyone....Restaurants have started to come back. Business is slowly returning to something like normal. And we're s...
06/02/2020

Hi Everyone....

Restaurants have started to come back. Business is slowly returning to something like normal. And we're so grateful....

But we aren't there yet. And the good folks in the restaurant business still need your support. So we're telling everyone we know: When you're ready - go visit a restaurant. Seafood or otherwise. It'll do a lot of good for a lot of good folks.

And if you're looking for fresh shellfish - we're still harvesting and delivering straight to the public. The harvest is clams only again this week, but we are working on getting more oysters out into the world in the coming weeks (hopefully next week). Our clams are gorgeous right now and we'd love to send a bag to one of our pickup locations for you. So go online to www.twodocksshellfish.com and order for a pickup at the Citrus Place, Mixons, Eat Here, or Bayway. Or if you're in South Tampa we'll deliver!

Thanks and be well.

05/26/2020
Harvesting Clams in Tampa Bay

No oysters this week. But clam bags will be coming off the bottom. Go to www.twodocksshellfish.com and order some! We'd love to pull some for you. And not to worry - the oysters will be back soon! Thanks everyone! Hope you had a great Memorial Day.

A few years ago a guy named Brian Roesseger set up an oyster farm in Tampa Bay. He was a local kid from St. Pete who did...
05/19/2020

A few years ago a guy named Brian Roesseger set up an oyster farm in Tampa Bay. He was a local kid from St. Pete who didn't see why he couldn't do oysters in Tampa. He got the permits. Got the leases. Got the gear. Spent some time traveling and learning how its done, and then he went to work. Didn't listen to the folks telling him it couldn't be done. And so today... after all that work and struggle... he finally has a crop. And the crop is really (really) good stuff. Brian's company is "Lost Coast Oysters" and he calls his oysters "locos". They're briny with a little nutty flavor at the end. Great texture. Just awesome stuff. We're excited to be helping him harvest and deliver it this week, and hope you are too. Go online to twodocksshellfish.com and order a bag or two. You won't regret it. But go order quick - inventory is limited and we're going to sell out fast.

And don't sleep on the clams - littlenecks and middlenecks are in the house again this week and we'd love to pull some for you!

Since we're back on facebook... thought we'd post our annual Manatee reminder...Its springtime in Florida. Which means o...
05/13/2020

Since we're back on facebook... thought we'd post our annual Manatee reminder...

Its springtime in Florida. Which means our Manatee friends are out and about again. So... please... if you're in a boat.... and in a no-wake or slow zone... SLOW DOWN. These critters are out there. They're special. And they have only one predator: the outboard engine. We see them all the time and almost all of them have some sort of boat strike mark. So just slow down where the signs say to slow down. Hell - slow down even if you're just not sure. Whats the rush? You don't really need to be anywhere right? So have a beer. Turn up the music. Enjoy the scenery. Whatever you're into. Just slow down. Please!

Excited to announce that Heights Seafood Co. in Seminole Heights is going to be carrying Two Docks products. We're going...
05/11/2020

Excited to announce that Heights Seafood Co. in Seminole Heights is going to be carrying Two Docks products. We're going to start with some of Farmer Nicolette's fantastically awesome Sebastian Silver Oysters, and hopefully will add to the list as we grow. Nicolette's oysters are gonna go fast - we suspect - so get in early and get yourself some. And while you're there.... you might look around at the rest of the seafood awesomeness that the Heights team has assembled in their case. It's a great shop. Do yourself a favor and visit soon.

Oysters!!! Farmer Nicolette is gearing up to go harvest tomorrow morning. Go online to www.twodocksshellfish.com by 5 o'...
05/06/2020

Oysters!!! Farmer Nicolette is gearing up to go harvest tomorrow morning. Go online to www.twodocksshellfish.com by 5 o'clock today to place an order so we can bring em home for you! Or hit up the Bradenton Farmers' Market and buy them there!

05/03/2020
TwoDocksShellfish_on_Fox13_TampaBay

Spent an awesome day on the water with Mike Hughes from Fox 13 Tampa Bay this week talking about shellfish farming, life during CoVid, our love for Tampa Bay in all her seasons, and all our friends in the restaurant business. Really appreciate the great piece he put together. Take a minute to check it out - and see where your product comes from. And hey - all you South Tampa retailers - we're still looking for a retail partner to help us move product into Tampa. We're having great success with our partners in Bradenton and St. Pete, and we think we can help you too. Shoot us a DM or email anytime we'd love to talk.

Spent some time with Mike Hughes from Fox 13 talking about life, shellfish farming, CoVid, and our friends in the restaurant biz. And got some great footage ...

Hi there! Two Docks had a great first week of delivering seafood direct. Thanks for all your support! We’re back at it t...
04/27/2020

Hi there!

Two Docks had a great first week of delivering seafood direct. Thanks for all your support! We’re back at it this week and wanted to send a few quick updates.

First – we are no longer requiring a pickup fee for clams and oysters. Just place your order and pay online by 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and we’re off to the races. Pickup is still from Friday noon until the close of business on Saturday at your pickup location.

Second – we’ve partnered with our friend Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro and Eat Here restaurants to add a fourth pickup location. This week, the Eat Here in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island will be open for curbside pickup of clams and oysters. Note, however, that the Eat Here pickup spot will only be open on Friday evenings from 5 to 8.

Third – we have not yet been able to find a retail partner in South Tampa (if anyone has any ideas… please feel free to share!), but in the meantime, we are continuing our South Tampa Direct delivery service. You can now go online to our website www.twodocksshellfish.com and place an order for delivery. Clams, oysters, and pompano. Place your order by Wednesday afternoon and we’ll have your product delivered Thursday afternoon. Fresh off the boat!

If you have any questions about a pickup of clams or oysters feel free to give Aaron Jr a call at 941-713-2149. For questions about South Tampa Direct deliveries - call Aaron III directly at 786-566-8452.

As always – feel free to pass along this email and our contact info to any of the seafood lovers in your life. Thanks for supporting our team and all the other local merchants in your neighborhoods. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

The Two Docks Team (Aaron Jr., Aaron III, Marc, Brendyn, and Nick).

Hi everyone - we've been off facebook for while, but we wanted to jump back online to get the word out that we are now g...
04/21/2020

Hi everyone - we've been off facebook for while, but we wanted to jump back online to get the word out that we are now going direct to the public. If you're missing fresh seafood during the quarantine, give us a call (786-566-8452), shoot us a message, or visit our website (www.twodocksshellfish.com) to see about getting oysters, clams, and even fresh farm-raised pompano harvested direct for you. And here are a few pictures of our products to jog your memory. All of this is beautiful, sustainably raised, and flat out delicious. Hang in there everyone. Help each other. This too shall pass.

Now available from Two Docks Shellfish: Skyway Sweets from Tampa Bay and Perseverance Oysters from Pine Island Sound. Bo...
04/22/2018

Now available from Two Docks Shellfish: Skyway Sweets from Tampa Bay and Perseverance Oysters from Pine Island Sound. Both are a gorgeous bite. Email [email protected] for availability and prices. Go to your local liquor store for the beer! #oysters #gulfseafood #tidetotable #eatlocal #drinklocal #beer #coppertail

A lot of folks have asked how we're doing after Hurricane Irma  - and the answer is - "So far so good." We checked 90% o...
09/17/2017

A lot of folks have asked how we're doing after Hurricane Irma - and the answer is - "So far so good." We checked 90% of the crop in the days immediately after the storm, and we'll check the last little bit tomorrow. So far we haven't found any emergencies. There was certainly a mess to clean up, but given what we were feared might happen - it's a small price to pay. Even the little guys appear to have come through with out too much loss (see the picture of our smallest Irma survivors below). Thanks to everyone who has checked in on us. It means more than you might realize. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who weren't so fortunate with these storms.

A few folks have asked why we got off Facebook... Welp. We haven't gotten off. We're just super busy. And bad at social ...
06/18/2017

A few folks have asked why we got off Facebook... Welp. We haven't gotten off. We're just super busy. And bad at social media. So thanks for asking - and here are a few pics from the last few months of life at Two Docks. Keep eating clams! We're still growing 'em!

OK SW Florida seafood eaters…. You can get the little ones from Publix. Which is a little sad. Or... you can go get the ...
02/06/2017

OK SW Florida seafood eaters….

You can get the little ones from Publix. Which is a little sad.

Or... you can go get the big ones from one of the many fine local seafood retailers who carry Two Docks clams. And for about the same price. Which is really happy!

Go see the Locale Market in downtown St. Pete. Or the Citrus Place in Terra Ceia. Or the Bayway Country Store and Butcher Shoppe in Tierra Verde. Or any of a dozen other local seafood joints. GO BUY LOCAL SEAFOOD!

Yay! We're back open again. At least for now. So… all you folks out there looking looking for the best local seafood pro...
01/31/2017

Yay! We're back open again. At least for now. So… all you folks out there looking looking for the best local seafood products to put in front of your customers….we'd love to have an order. And we've got the finest hard clams around. The water is cold, shelf life is great, and the clams taste fantastic. Give us a call right now. Harvesting starts tomorrow.

01/17/2017

Musings from a shellfish farm:

A lot of folks think of evolution as a process that tends towards ‘perfection.’ But it doesn’t. It doesn’t really tend towards anything. Evolution, as a process, simply responds to whatever pressures are created by an organism’s environment. And since the pressures of an organism’s environment are more-or-less random... well.... sometimes evolution produces some pretty random organisms.

The batfish (aka Ogocephalus pantostictus) is a pretty good example of this reality. Check out the video. Don’t get me wrong. This is a really cool creature. Its fins have evolved to operate, more or less, as legs. It walks on the bottom. It uses that weird little probiscus to slurp up worms and crustaceans (and the occasional very stupid fish) out of the sediment. Its gills are sort of on the back of its pectoral fins (if you look carefully at the video you can see the gill openings). It's just a very weirdly awesome Wizard-of-Oz kind of critter. But it’s not "perfect." It’s just evolved. Kind of like all of us. And yeah, for sure, that leads to a whole raft of philosophical and theological questions that are beyond the scope of a facebook post... but, still, a cool critter. Yay Batfish!

Anyway - Happy MLK day! Red-tide has gone. The farm is getting checked on tomorrow morning by the state. Hopefully we’re harvesting the best shellfish in Florida by the weekend. We have a beautiful bunch of crops out there right now... can’t wait to start sharing it with everyone.

Full boat --> Empty boat = Success. At least when you're planting. First flip of the season is in the books and 260 bags...
01/03/2017

Full boat --> Empty boat = Success. At least when you're planting. First flip of the season is in the books and 260 bags of happy clams are now in the bay doing their thing. Not a terrible way to start 2017...

12/09/2016

Meet Bursatella leachii. He (or she) (or neither?) is a nudibranch. A sea slug. We see them every fall. A week ago there were thousands of these little guys cruising the farm. And they were all headed SOMEWHERE. Streaming over the bottom in little frilly currents of sea-slug purposefulness. And wherever they were going last week – they got there. Today I could only find this one. Which is kind of a bummer. I hope it finds the rest of its crew.

These are cool critters. Really. They eat algae. They seem to migrate. They shoot ink when they’re stressed. There is even a species of nudibranch that incorporates the DNA of the algae it eats into its own body, and then uses that DNA to photosynthesize. Which means some nudibranchs are actually part plant.

Nature sometimes takes a minute to see. But its usually worth the look. All creatures great and small….

Post Script: Red-tide is still around. But it's moving in the right direction (out). Appreciate you guys hanging in there with us.

12/02/2016

We all know the big, in-your-face, charismatic species. We love them. Sharks and whales and manatees and tuna fish and dolphins and pelicans and all the rest of them. And we should love them. They're awesome. But there is a whole world of amazing that swims underneath the big-budget critters we're usually focused on….

Check out the video. This (I think) is the mouth of a polychaete worm (for some super weird but also super awesome footage of these things google "polychaete" or "annelid"). Polychaetes dig down into the sand, build a case around themselves, and then send up their radioles (the tentacle thing-a-ma-jiggers) to capture passing food items. And yup… sometimes they burrow down into the sand underneath clam bags and then stick their heads back up through the mesh to do their thing.

Natural products come from nature. And this is what nature looks like on a clam farm.

PS - red tide is still out there. But it looks like its starting to get better. We'll be back online soon….

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Just watched y’all on Fox 13 local news. 👍🏼👍🏼 Do y’all have any distributors in St. Pete Beach? #Clams💗
We LOVE Two Docks! Sincerely, Marianne & Adam Ellis- Blue Marlin Seafood.