ANDREW CARMINES, FOUNDER-PRESIDENT
“I believe if you are making a living from what the ocean provides, you should be responsible about the resources you are depleting,” said Carmines, a Hilton Head native. “Shell Ring Oyster Company will allow us to avoid purchasing large amounts of the natural resource and will clean the water in the process. It will also provide a product in abundance that doesn’t occur very often in the wild here in the Lowcountry. This is the type of win-win we all need and want.”
In addition to being the founder-president of Shell Ring Oyster Company, Carmines is the general manager of Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks—Hilton Head’s oldest restaurant and a longtime champion of sustainable seafood. Carmines has also been involved in other environmental initiatives like the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Project and is a member of the Southern Shrimpers Alliance and the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association.
“Eating items from the wild is clean eating to me. When I was young and growing up on Hilton Head, my family was always hunting and fishing. When you eat clean, you feel more healthy and food always tastes better if you grow it, catch it, or hunt it yourself. That’s the cornerstone of our company.”