Australia sells ‘unique’ system to S shellfish e s
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.