How To Raise shellfish FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question - How do you farm shellfish?

Answer - Shellfish can be grown directly on the beach, placed in protective netting or grow bags on the water bottom, or suspended above the sediment on longlines or from rafts. Unlike cows, pigs, and chickens that need to be fed, shellfish take the nutrients they need directly from the water column.

Question - Can you farm shellfish at home?

Answer - In order to farm freshwater mussels yourself, it will be necessary to get your hands on a fresh glochidia sample. You'll then be able to raise the larvae to fully-grown mussels in a highly controlled environment.

Question - How long does it take to grow shellfish?

Answer - The oyster life cycle very much dictates the growing schedule on a farm. It takes 18 to 24 months for oysters to become adults or grow to market size, approximately 3 inches.

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