The 23rd Annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival: May 15-19, 2019

Chris Sherman

President

Island Creek Oysters
Duxbury, MA

Chris Sherman is President of Island Creek Oysters, a Duxbury, Massachusetts based shellfish farm and distributor started in 1992 by Skip Bennett.  Island Creek now sells over eleven million oysters annually through their e-commerce site, Duxbury retail store, and to 600 of the country’s best restaurants including five of their own properties here in New England.

 

Chris also chairs the company’s non-profit arm, Island Creek Oysters Foundation, which funds development projects that deploy aquaculture as an affordable, environmentally sound source of protein and jobs.  The Foundation is active in East Africa, Haiti, and the US.  He was one of eleven American leaders chosen in 2018 to travel abroad as an Eisenhower Fellow.  Chris is on the board of Caribbean Harvest Foundation, a Haitian NGO engaged in community-based tilapia production.  He also served as president of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association for four years, an industry group serving 100+ sustainable shellfish farm operators throughout the Commonwealth, and remains an active member to date. He sits on the board of East Coast Shellfish Growers Association.  In 2016, Chris joined the board of Denny Land and Cattle Company and Goose Valley Wild Rice—a large ranching and farming business based in California. Most recently, Chris was selected as a 2018 USA Eisenhower Fellow and will be traveling to Spain and Colombia to research aquaculture development.

 

Prior to joining Island Creek, Chris sailed professionally and worked in marketing and construction management for superyacht design firm, Fontaine Design Group in Newport, RI and Friendship Yachts in Whangarei, New Zealand.  He has a B.A. in English from Williams College.