The Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company is the only company producing market-sized world-famous Whitstable oysters.
Grown on beds with Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status, Whitstable oysters are unique for both their provenance and quality. Our farm produces Pacific rock oysters, grown directly offshore and harvested to order. We also receive wild native oysters from our local fisherman whose expertise maintains a sustainable oyster fishery.
Native oysters (Ostrea edulis) are fished by our local fisherman from the common ground off Whitstable using small boats and light dredges.
We also harvest wild rock oysters that are hand-picked from the ground where they are left to grow to marketable size. Hand-picking is a labour intensive job but highly rewarded by the excellent shell and meat quality achieved!
Farmed rock oysters
Pacific rock oysters
Pacific rock oysters (Crassostrea gigas) are purchased as seed and grown onsite to full marketable size, we only use triploid seed to ensure their quality all year round.
Using triploids also prevents the oysters from reproducing and competing with the natural biodiversity that grows around the farm.
Oysters are instrumental in improving water quality and maintaining healthy ecosystem, our rock oysters provide such benefits in place of the once-abundant native oyster that no longer inhabits the near shore.