Tide to Table
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.
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