To meet the growing demands of an increasing population and an increased demand for seafood, oyster farming offers a sustainable alternative to fisheries.
Extensive oyster aquaculture is widely seen as the most sustainable way of producing seafood protein.
Our famous Whitstable oysters thrive in the intertidal waters of Whitstable Bay, enjoying the twice-daily influx of fresh water from the North Sea that mixes with the nutrient rich waters of the estuary. This provides the perfect environment for the algae to grow. The oysters feed naturally on this algae in the water, helping to improve water quality. They require no chemical treatments during their time on the farm.
That's why we believe it is so important to ensure the sustainable development of the oyster industry in Whitstable, helping the town to maintain its link with it's heritage.