Aus­tralia sells ‘unique’ sys­tem to S shell­fish e s

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A MARY­LAND com­pany has agreed a deal to sell an Aus­tralian made long­line sys­tem to US shell­fish farm­ers.

Hoop­ers Is­land Oys­ter Co will dis­trib­ute the Hex­cyl sys­tem, recog­nised for its pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency and shell­fish qual­ity.

Its unique hexag­o­nal, cylin­der shaped bas­ket is suit­able for grow­ing oys­ters, scal­lops, clams, mus­sels and other shell­fish and is of­fered in a wide range of mesh sizes.

Orig­i­nally de­signed to farm Pa­cific oys­ters in South Aus­tralia’s high en­ergy, in­ter-tidal zones, the ad­justable long­line sys­tem al­lows farm­ers in sim­i­lar North Amer­i­can envi- ron­ments to raise and lower the grow­ing height of stock to bet­ter man­age shell growth, hy­giene and meat con­di­tion.

‘For our own oys­ter farm­ing op­er­a­tion at Hoop­ers Is­land on Mary­land’s eastern shore, we wanted to add an ad­justable, long­line sys­tem that would hold up to the vari­able weather con­di­tions, winds and chang­ing tides of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay,’ said Ricky Fitzhugh, Hoop­ers Is­land man­ag­ing part­ner.

Hex­cyl oys­ter bas­kets and prod­ucts are made for a wide range of grow-out op­tions. Each bas­ket han­dles up to 22 pounds of stock and is avail­able in five mesh sizes.

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