Floating Bags

Floating bag system

The Lost Coast Oyster Company employs the floating bag system to culture our oysters. This growing method allows for ultimate control and crop management.

SPAT

spat

Hatchery reared juvenile oysters (a.k.a. spat) are spawned at a nursery before they are stocked at the farm.

Stock

Stock

Hundreds of thousands of fingernail-sized oyster babies are stocked in floating bags, providing them with an ideal environment.

Grow

GROw

With each oyster filtering upwards of 50 gallons of water per day, these little guys consume microscopic algae, causing an explosion of growth.

Sort

sort

To eliminate crowding and provide adequate space for growth, the growing babies are gradually sorted into larger bags.

Tumble

Tumble

Wind and wave action naturally tumbles the oysters, encouraging a deep cup and firmly textured meat.

Harvest

harvest

When they reach the magical 3:2:1 size ratio our oysters are ready to harvest for your enjoyment.

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our timeline

The Lost Coast Oyster Company hopes to plant our first batch of seed this fall. Look for our Lost Coast Locos at Tampa Bay area restaurants in early summer 2020.