How to Farm Oysters

Oysters are loved by many people. It is great for a variety of dishes and is a favorite in different parts of the world.

This is why oyster farms are becoming popular.

Here, different kinds of oysters are grown just to serve as food to people. Actually, oyster farming is not that complicated. It is almost similar in the process of farming pearls only that instead of growing what will be in the finest of jewelries, here we grow what will be a sumptuous meal for everybody to enjoy. Check out here for more.

The Estuary

Oysters are naturally grown in an estuary that is filled with not only ordinary water but a brackish one. When we say brackish water it is something that goes somewhere in between the salinity of sea and fresh water. To have an enclosed one, connections are made from that point where the sea and river meets. The brackish water is what controls and speeds up the ripening level of the oysters. It is also only through it that the oysters will survive. In the estuary, you should also create oyster beds where you will be placing the oyster seeds later on.

Distributing Oyster Seeds

After the estuary has been prepared and completed with oyster beds, next thing to do will the distribution of the seeds. Just as when we are planting seedlings in a garden plot, the oysters should also be distributed well in the different parts of the beds. These beds are in the very bottom of the estuary which is good because if you drop the oyster seeds, it will naturally settle downwards. Once this is done, you will have to wait for some three or six years before harvest. This is the usual period of maturity of oysters.

Harvesting Oysters

Right after the maturity period of the oysters, the next thing that you need to be busy about is the harvesting. Because the water is shallow, you can just use your hands to gather several oysters in one place. If you want to become more efficient, you can also make use of the rake, the handle of which shall have the length that is adaptable to the depth of the water. Don’t worry about accidentally harvesting oysters that have not yet fully matured because you will get an obvious clue right from the shell of the oyster. Every ring in the shell represents the number of years that it has been in the beds.

Sorting and Packing

After you have harvested the oysters the final job will be the sorting and bagging. Sorting is easy because it is only as to size but one has to be watchful about dead oysters as well as other things that aren’t supposed to be in the package. After everything has been sorted, each group now has to be put in bags and labeled as to the date of farming. To maintain its good quality, it is best be put in the freezer

1 Comment

  • Nancy Chung said on March 30, 2014
    Good day, Please advise how to go about opening a oyster farm in the u.s. What are the requirements and regulations, appx starting amount and is California a good place to start a oyster farm. Where and how do I search for the oyster site for sale. I have google it, but was unable to locate a website for oyster farms for sale/lease. Please help as I am very interested in this business, and have limited funding. Will that work, is there any financing available to first time agricultural business owner? Thank you for your time, much appreciated!


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