Choosing a site for an oyster farm

A good site must offer both food and protection. It is therefore important to measure all the physical parameters affecting site quality on the basis of using the OysterGro® system. The main parameters that make it possible to assess the true potential of a site are as follows:

Surface Area

Obviously, the size of a site has to meet production requirements. Oyster aquaculturists must obtain an aquaculture lease from the proper authorities (Department of Aquaculture). It is important to obtain the surface area necessary for the production being contemplated. Suggested density – 100 cages per acre.

Accessibility

The distance between the rearing site and the offloading site can be a major constraint to management of aquaculture operations. Fuel costs will be proportionate to the distance to be covered. Long distances will also have a direct impact on labor costs.

Certain sites are hard to get to at low tide.  Oyster growers therefore have to adapt to the tidal cycle, which does not always keep traditional hours.

Water Depth

With the OysterGro® system, water dept is very important in areas where ice is prevalent in the winter months. Careful calculations must be made so that the cage, when submerged will not be crushed by ice. This calculation must take into account maximum ice thickness in your particular area.


 


 

 

Other parameters to consider

  • Riparian owners and other users
  • Growing area classification
  • Leases & licenses

Your Department of Aquaculture or your local Oyster Growers Association could offer you invaluable information on these topics.

About OysterGro®

Obviously, the size of a site has to meet production requirements. Oyster aquaculturists must obtain an aquaculture lease from the proper authorities (Department of Aquaculture). It is important to obtain the surface area necessary for the production being contemplated. Suggested density – 100 cages per acre.

 

 

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