Dr. Brett Dumbauld
The West coast shellfish culture industry represents oyster, clam and mussel growers from Alaska to California and generates an estimated $100 million dollars in gross annual sales. Nevertheless, domestic production does not meet national demand and this trade imbalance is expected to grow.
|Oysters are farmed intensively on the west coast using a number of techniques like longlines and represent about 60% of the total value of farmed shellfish product (more in .pdf format).|| |
Oyster floats, Washington State