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The Lifecycle of a Nonesuch oyster
Spat! (oyster babies)
We source spat every year from local Maine hatcheries. Soon we will start breeding oysters ourselves.
The spat goes in the upweller to grow until it is big enough to go in a proper oyster bag.
Spat in the upweller
Chris, who masterminded this upweller, and Russ, a UNE intern, put the new spat in the upweller.
Kim cleans the upweller; we found a whole ecosystem living in the basin!
Growth tends to come at once!
Oyster spat "pops," and when it does you better be ready!
Spat heads to lease site.
Duncan helps move tens of thousands of oysters to the grow-out site.
The oysters grow to maturity in floating bags.
Cleaning Oyster Bags
Ollie comes out to the farm for a morning and lends a hand cleaning a whole line of Belon bags! Maintenance is hard work and very necessary!
Oysters in their harvest bags.
Delivering to Market
Niles of Upstream Trucking accepts bags of Nonesuch Oysters.
Oysters on the half-shell!