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or more than sixty years Blau Oyster Company has been farming Pacific Oysters
in Samish Bay. Year after year we plant, tend and harvest our crops on a broad
strip of land between high and low tides. Our story is that of Samish Bay and the Pacific Oyster in North America.

Samish Bay has always been a great, natural producer of shellfish thanks to its extensive tidelands, nutrient-rich cold currents from nearby Georgia Straits and plentiful, clean fresh water sources.

Due to over-harvesting, the native Olympia Oyster was in rapid decline throughout Puget Sound when the first commercial plantings of Pacific Oysters were made in Samish Bay.

Introduced from Japan in the early 1920's, the Pacific Oyster is hardier and better adapted to aquaculture than the Olympia Oyster. For Northwest shellfish farmers the Pacific Oyster
has proven to be the best oyster to meet a growing demand and to support a viable industry.
Nearly all of our Samish Bay Pacific Oysters
are raised from "seed" or juvenile oysters
produced in a hatchery. In recent years we have begun to suspend seed for growing to adulthood
on horizontal arrays of rope called longlines.
The majority of seed however, is broadcast directly
on intertidal ground where it remains, barring weather extremes and predation, for up to four years feeding on naturally occurring microorganisms called plankton.

oday's consumer can buy fresh Pacific oysters year round from a number of growers in the Northwest who, like Blau Oyster Co., owe their existence to the adaptability
of the Pacific Oyster, its wide appeal among seafood lovers, and to the hard work
and foresight of early oyster farmers.



Baskets filled with oysters at
low tide are pulled out of the
water and landed at high tide.


hen oysters reach market size they are harvested and processed at our shore-side
plant on Samish Island. Most are "shucked" or removed from their shells, graded
to size and sold, fresh, to distributors, stores and restaurants. 

A smaller portion of our production consists of live oysters in the shell
for half-shell consumption and barbecuing.

 

 







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