Catch up with Alabama's Wild Seafood

Tide to Table

Off Bottom Oyster Farming is not intended to compete with or replace the traditional method of commercial oyster harvesting

OSAA partnered with auburn university's shellfish lab to train folks in off bottom oyster farming

Off-bottom oyster farming is the culture of oysters in some type of mesh container (cage, bag, basket, etc) that is suspended above the seafloor.  Oysters grown this way set on single shells instead of the clumps oysters grow in outside of the farm.

This method provides protection from predators and eliminates burial in sediment. Suspending oysters in the water column improves growth rates due to improved water flow. 

Oysters produced using off-bottom culture techniques are typically sold to the premium half-shell market. This is a specialized market. These oysters are like wines or specialized beers and seem to appeal to a niche audience that is often willing to pay more for the product. However, this is still a developing market in the southeastern U.S.

Catch up with OSAA's New Project

Off Bottom Oyster Farming

OSAA  is certified by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to manage the state's first Seafood Promotion Check-off Program. The program was voted on by Alabama shrimpers who purchase diesel in Alabama. A percentage of the fuel tax is earmarked for OSAA to market Alabama Seafood.

Working with the Alabama Department of Conservations, OSAA has successfully managed multiple oyster shell planting programs for commercial harvest.  OSAA has also been successful in getting area waters upgraded for oyster harvesting or oyster relocation in Mobile Bay.

OSAA fought against dumping of imported foreign shrimp in the US market. In 2003 OSAA implemented a statewide marketing campaign "Eat Alabama Wild Caught Shrimp" to create awareness promoting "wild caught" domestic Shrimp among retailers, consumers and wholesalers. The campaign was later changed to "Eat Alabama Wild Caught Seafood".

OSAA assisted in creating a non-profit co-op, and obtain funding to construct a state of the art seafood waste facility in Bayou La Batre, AL.  This facility has the capabilities to produce products from crab and shrimp waste.

a few achievements

Catch up with Organized Seafood Association of Alabama

OSAA has 4 advisory boards serving the following fisheries: 1) oyster, 2) crab, 3) shrimp and 4) gill net and hook & line. The objective of each board is to identify issues and obtain fisheries input.  OSAA then has the opportunity to interact with the appropriate federal, state and local leaders, boards or committees in an effort to lead discussions that have the potential to create new laws/regulations or change existing laws and regulations. 

OSAA actively promotes and markets Wild Caught Alabama Seafood at events and venues throughout the state. Our marketing campaign in 2003 was "Eat Alabama Wild Shrimp", this campaign was implemented statewide after an influx of imported shrimp was dumped on the U.S. Our goal was to educate the consumer on the differences in imported Shrimp and domestic shrimp.   Recently we have gone a step further and changed our logo to "Eat Alabama Wild Seafood", again to educate the consumer.  OSAA also facilitates community meetings related to the Commercial Seafood Industry.

We've also served up Wild Alabama Seafood in humanitarian efforts. After the 2012 tornadoes our volunteers took the mobile kitchen and served hot meals to the victims and first responders.  OSAA has cooked for the Buckmasters Life Hunt for Wounded Warriors and terminaly ill children.


Organized Seafood Association of Alabama (OSAA) was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization. Membership is open to folks who share our mission. 

Our Mission

to promote, protect, and market Alabama's seafood industry and  related activities