Our Story

The journey to premium Florida oysters.


Donnie McMahon

Pensacola Bay Oyster Company is the best of both worlds for founder Donnie  McMahon, who studied business and marine biology at Florida State University. His dream began as a kid, but aspired further as he noticed the natural oyster beds declining. He worked for several years with the State, Governor Scott & the Florida Cabinet and the Department of Agriculture Division of Aquaculture to obtain 2 locations in Pensacola for oyster farming. His hopes are to produce great tasting, high quality, homegrown oysters from our region. With this effort, he also hopes having these farms will in turn improve the local water quality.


Jane Lauter

Marketing Executive

Jane Lauter was born and raised in Pensacola. She grew up and spent her weekends on the water.
She is excited to be working behind the scenes to bring Pensacola Bay Oyster Company to Pensacola. She has a bachelors degree from University of West Florida. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and raising her 2 children.

Jack Lauter

Vice President

Jack is 9 years old and was born in Pensacola. He has a passion for the outdoors and works hard with the oysters to bring the finest tasting ones to all his friends and family in Pensacola!






Bluff Farm

The farm occupies roughly five acres of Pensacola Bay and is easily viewable from the bluffs atop Scenic Highway in Pensacola, Florida. The Escambia River watershed system flows north of this site and provides good salinity currents which create excellent growing conditions.


Bay Farm

This farm is roughly 5 acres as well. It receives its watershed from the Blackwater River and Yellow River. East Bay historically has produced some of the best oysters in the world!



Oysters consume algae and phytoplankton thereby cleaning the water. They can filter up to 50 gallons a day per oyster. Oysters provide marine habitats for small crabs, shrimp, and fish. Oysters have a long life span, and we hope to bring ours to harvest within 9 – 12 months with new spat taking the adult oysters place.