Perry started digging littlenecks in Point Judith Pond when he was 12 years old. He grew up harvesting shellfish, eel trapping, bull-raking clams, and scuba diving for steamers. Graduating from URI with a bachelors and master’s degree, Raso studied aquaculture and fisheries technology.
In 2002 he founded Matunuck Oyster Farm, a wading depth aquaculture farm, on Potter Pond in East Matunuck (Wakefield), RI. He opened the restaurant in 2009 to provide a place for work boats to access the farm and a place to sell fresh oysters from the farm. In 2011 he started growing organic vegetables to provide guests with fresh produce. He also established Shellfish Hatchery Research and Innovation Center and most recently a retail market. He has been doing educational oyster farm tours since 2002 and has traveled to several developing countries to consult on various aquaculture operations. Education and giving back has always been at the core of the business