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Oysters Deep Bay (Britisih Columbia)

Product #: 33060DB

Scientific Name: Crassostrea gigas

Country of Origin: Vancouver, BC

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Harvested in the coves and bays along the west coast, Pacific oysters will take on the characteristics of the waters from which they are harvested. Pacific oysters tend to be mild, sweet, and slightly salty.

On the west coast of the U.S. Pacific oysters are found from Alaska to California. They can be found cultured and wild in temperate waters all over the world.

The Pacific oyster was introduced from Japan after the population of the west coast's primary native oyster crashed in early 1900s. Wild populations easily established themselves, but became so popular that now west coast oysters are nearly always farmed to keep up with the demand. This species is very easy to propagate and are usually raised in bags or racks or attached to ropes in their natural habitat. Oysters are filter feeders, removing excess nutrients and particulate matter from the water as they feed, actually improving water quality in the surrounding area.

These oysters are cultivated in (you guessed it) Deep Bay on the east side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. They are tray cultivated and then finished on the beach to harden their shells. This process (bag to beach) results in deep shells with full, tender meats, consistenly shaped shells with a medium hardness making them relatively easy to shuck with shattering the shell. Harvested between the months of September and July, and ranging in the 3 inch range.

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NOAA
Environmental Defense Fund


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