Hama Hama, Lilliwaup, Washington
Founded in 2014, Oyster South is an informational network of industry, academia, government and extension focused on advancing coastal aquaculture (mariculture) of oysters along the southern US coast from North Carolina around to Texas.
Our current membership draws from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas (as well as Vermont) and totals 41 partners, composed of:
Oysters found in nature normally have two sets of chromosomes and are Diploid. During reproduction, the egg and sperm each contribute one set of chromosomes to produce the Diploid oyster. Triploid oysters are produced at spawning by a process which causes the egg to contribute two sets of chromosomes and the sperm one set, resulting in a Triploid oyster.
Triploid oysters can occur naturally, although they comprise only a very small percentage of the natural catch population.
Dr. Bill flips the basket so we can peek at the Isle Dauphin beauties. These were just about ready to harvest.
Dr. Bill discussing the pros and cons of the Canadian oyster basket method.
Tyler admiring his freshly pulled oyster and all his hard work paying off.
A closer look at what will be sold under the Isle Dauphine name at many Oyster bars across the south east and beyond.
Eric works at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab and was our guide and teacher for most of the weekend.
Dr. Bill has us add an extra line of trips and dips to the already massive Murder Point Oyster lot.
Jason "PIG" Lee looks out to the new addition of Murder Point Oysters farm and is most likely wondering how he ended up on a boat with a couple of city boys from Atlanta.
Lane Zirlott co-owner and operator of Murder Point Oysters explains his vision, aspirations and plan to take over the oyster game here and everywhere else. Thank you for showing us around and for growing a delicious oyster.
A short 30 ft walk from his back door and we're in the water, these young oysters will be a flavorful treat in no time.
Dr. Bill assists with getting the young oysters in the water.
Bryan with a quick lesson on the proper way of opening and disconnecting the Point aux Pins while maintaining its natural beauty.
Just before the sun fades we make our way over to Navy Cove Oyster farm for one last deposit of the mysterious trips and dips.