Oyster aquaculture is one of the most sustainable industries on the planet.
Oyster seed (spat) is collected from areas where wild oysters grow, the spat is moved to our water leases where they mature. Oysters take four to five years to mature, during that time each female may spawn up to three times releasing up to a million eggs each time, helping to replenish the natural stock. Oysters are environmentally positive, for their ability to filter and clean seawater, just one can filter up to 25 gallons of seawater a day, purifying the water.
Our oysters are grown using a variety of culture methods. The juveniles are grown in bags, on racks and in cages, in the intertidal zone. By elevating the bags off of the bottom of the ocean via a rack or cage, the oysters can better feed and grow. The bags also protect young oysters from predators, such as starfish and crabs.
The oysters mature by spending up to 5 years growing into market-ready oysters. During this time, the frigid, nutrient filled currents are constantly flushing and feeding them. For the last two years, prior to harvesting, the oysters are spread “free range” on our finishing beds, this gives them their jade color, a deeper cup and a harder shell.