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Sustainability

At Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, we remain committed to filling the demand for premium quality oyster spat, lumpfish and clawed lobsters using environmentally friendly and sustainable aquaculture practices.

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Sustainability

At Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, we remain committed to filling the demand for premium quality oyster spat, lumpfish and clawed lobsters using environmentally friendly and sustainable aquaculture practices.

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Sustainability

At Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, we remain committed to filling the demand for premium quality oyster spat, lumpfish and clawed lobsters using environmentally friendly and sustainable aquaculture practices.

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Sustainability

At Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, we remain committed to filling the demand for premium quality oyster spat, lumpfish and clawed lobsters using environmentally friendly and sustainable aquaculture practices.

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Sustainability

At Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, we remain committed to filling the demand for premium quality oyster spat, lumpfish and clawed lobsters using environmentally friendly and sustainable aquaculture practices.

Oysters

Sustainable Oyster Cultivation

Oysters are one of the world's most sustainable food sources. In fact, because oysters are a filter-feeding bivalve (filtering up to 208 litres of seawater per day), they actually clean the water around them, removing organic and inorganic particles from the water column, resulting in cleaner water, which positively impacts surrounding marine species. This clear eco-benefit is just one of many that attracted Orkney Shellfish Hatchery (OSH) to producing prime oyster spat for UK and European growers.

Oysters live in brackish and salty waters from 2.4m to 10.7m deep. Often concentrated on oyster bars (layers of oysters that spread upward and outward), beds or rocks, which are located in waterways with firm bottom areas of sand, silt or mud. As oysters attach to one another, they form dense aquatic reefs that provide a critical habitat to hundreds of species of small fish and invertebrates seeking shelter to avoid predation.

Oysters are packed with nutrition. A 1-cup serving of raw oysters has 126 calories, over 14g of protein and 4.3g of fat. This combination makes oysters a naturally low-fat protein source. Raw oysters are also rich in calcium, with 146mg per serving and 11.43mg of iron. Oysters are also a good source of potassium, magnesium and vitamins including; thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B-6, B-12 and folate.

Oysters draw their flavours from the water they're grown in. The way an oyster is cultivated and grown plays an important role in its flavour, texture and appearance. There are many ways to culture oysters, however, industry specialists and connoisseurs of oysters believe the flavour of cage-grown oysters is far more delicate.

Restocking fisheries & aquaculture opportunities

At OSH, we provide a premium hatchery product for UK and European oyster growers. From the clear pristine waters of the Orkney Islands, our premium oyster spat are cultured using best practice, and are ready to be delivered to both new customers emerging in the industry as well as our existing clients.

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