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.
Oysters feed by filtering algae from the water, this helps to remove excess nutrients and means no unnatural feeds are used at the farm. Each oyster can filter up to 200 litres of seawater per day!
The native oyster fishery collapsed in the beginning of the 20th century due to overfishing, pollution and introduced diseases and competitive species. The rock oysters we farm are resilient to disease and are consistent in quality and availability all year round. They account for over 90% of the oysters farmed globally.
The shells of oysters are made of calcium carbonate and so store carbon helping in a -small way to offset climate change.
We only use triploid seed oysters to ensure their quality all year round and to prevent the oysters reproducing and competing with indigenous species including the native oyster.
Oysters are one of the most sustainable sources of marine derived Omega-3 fatty acids as they filter feed naturally on algae rich in in this important nutrient - Watch Video
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.
Our heritage has supported the tourism industry within Whitstable and given the town a product to be proud of.
We run several local businesses including restaurants, accommodation and a brewery.
Our job creation has boosted the local economy, we employ over 170 staff and have a great level of job retention. Our staff are hard-working, highly valued and a key component in the company’s success.
We have helped to bring tourism, development and equal opportunities to the local community.
We are working to build an education centre so that local and regional schools can visit and learn about the importance of sustainable development, biodiversity and oyster farming.