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.
Hatchery reared juvenile oysters (a.k.a. spat) are spawned at a nursery before they are stocked at the farm.
Hundreds of thousands of fingernail-sized oyster babies are stocked in floating bags, providing them with an ideal environment.
With each oyster filtering upwards of 50 gallons of water per day, these little guys consume microscopic algae, causing an explosion of growth.
To eliminate crowding and provide adequate space for growth, the growing babies are gradually sorted into larger bags.
Wind and wave action naturally tumbles the oysters, encouraging a deep cup and firmly textured meat.
When they reach the magical 3:2:1 size ratio our oysters are ready to harvest for your enjoyment.
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.