Shiny Sea Oyster Shucking Championship

  2016 Shiny Sea Oyster Shucking Championship

2016 Competition Winners:
1st ($500) – Jeff Noye
2nd ($250) – Marc Dolan
3rd ($100) – Melissa Somers
Cleanest Plate ($100) – Marc Dolan


Cheer on the competitors as they vie for chance to hold the PEI oyster shucking title championship. The PEI Oyster Shucking Championship will promote the highest standards for shucking and presentation of PEI oysters on the half shell. This event is presented by Shiny Sea Oysters.


  • Must be a resident of Prince Edward Island
  • First 18 participants to register will qualify to compete
  • The committee reserved the right to grant special entry
  • A $10 entry fee is applicable for all participants
  • Competition will take place on main festival stage
  • Contestants will open and present 12 PEI oysters on the half shell
  • Winner receives automatic bye to compete in the Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Championship

Competition Details

Date/Time: Friday, September 16th, 2016. (TIME TBA)


What is provided ?

  • Each contestant will receive 14 oysters from which they will select their 12 competition oysters.
  • A platter of coarse salt

What to bring ?

  • Contestants must supply handwear, shucking knives, cutting board, and any other related equipment
  • Contestants may wear finger stalls or gloves
  • Contestants may use a towel to hold oysters in place
  • Contestants may carry one back-up shucking knife
  • All equipment must be approved by the judges


  • Must be presentable keeping with the occasion and representing themselves, the province, and any sponsoring organization to the best advantage


  • At the discretion of the judges and timekeepers
  • If Contestant does not comply with the rules of the contest
  • If Contestant distracts another competitor by vocal or physical interference during the competition
  • If Contestant is deemed to have committed a flagrant and/or unseemly impropriety during the competition


  • There will be 3 judges including a Chief Judge
  • Each shall have considerable experience and/or knowledge of the half shell oyster service
  • There will be 1 Chief Timekeeper
  • Each contestant will have a separate timekeeper
  • Contestants will poise his/her shucking knife at head height to indicate readiness
  • At signal of Master of Ceremonies, all timekeepers simultaneously start their watches and contestants begin to shuck
  • Contestants will be provided with 14 choice PEI oysters and must open and present 12 oysters
  • Contestants must tap the table or raise both hands overhead and step back from the shucking table when shucking is complete and oysters are presented to his/her satisfaction
  • The timekeeper will immediately stop the watch
  • Contestants may not touch tray of oysters after he/she has signalled completion

To be determined by the 3 judges

The following conditions render an oyster unpresentable and are subject to the following penalties:

  1. Unpresented – less than 12 opened oysters on the completed platter. Penalty Time: 30 seconds/oyster
  2. Not presented upright or meat out of shell. Penalty Time: 10 seconds/oyster
  3. Presented on flat shell. Penalty Time: 10 seconds/oyster
  4. Presented with blood on oyster meat. Penalty Time: 30 seconds/oyster
  5. Presented with a broken (in two pieces) undershell. Penalty Time: 10 seconds/oyster
  6. Presented with shell, grit, mud or other extraneous material. Penalty Time: 2 seconds/oyster
  7. Presented with meat cut or mangled. Penalty Time: 2 seconds/oyster
  8. Oyster is completely severed from the shell. Penalty Time: 3 seconds/oyster *If more than 6 oysters are penalized for this reason, penalty time increases to 10 seconds/oyster)


  • Judges will provide the Chief Timekeeper with each contestants overall penalty scores
  • Chief timekeeper will add the penalties to the shucking time for each contestant to determine actual shucking time
  • Overall score determined by a combination of actual shucking time, shucked appearance, presence of shell, grit, broken shell cup, meat cut etc.
  • The winner is that contestant who has the lowest total seconds score and has not been disqualified
  • Master of Ceremonies will announce the results of the competition on main stage

1st Place : $500 Cash and automatic bye to compete for $2,000 in the Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Championship on Sunday September 20th , 2015

2nd Place : $250 Cash

3rd Place : $100 Cash

Cleanest Plate : $100 Cash

For more Information please call 1 866 955 2003 or email us

2015 Title Champions

_MG_04511st – Andrew Bond – Total Time: 1:53.69

2nd – Jeff Noye – Total Time: 1:54:73

3rd – Daniel Oatway – Total Time: 1:55:22

Cleanest Plate – Andrew Bond



2014 Title Champions

SFF 2014-6181st Place ($500) – Bradley Gallant, Driftwood Catering 1:33:68

2nd Place ($250) – Gordon Bailey, Lot 30 1:42:08

3rd Place ($100) – Robert Pendergast, Young Folk & the Kettle Black 1:43:07

Cleanest Plate ($100) – Bradley Gallant, Driftwood Catering                                           Photographed by Sandpiper Studios.