We sell oysters throughout the year, the majority of which are exported to France and the UK. In 2011 the company exported over 650 tonnes of rock oysters (crassostrea gigas).
All our oysters are harvested from the Royal Bay of Grouville, on the east coast of Jersey. We have four main areas and two holding areas. The main areas cover approximately 35 hectares in total, and this is where the majority of our oysters are grown and stored. The holding areas are smaller sites closer to shore.
Here the oysters spend at least half the day exposed when the tide is out to "harden" them off. They are kept in this area for at least two weeks before export to get them used to being out of the water and ensure only minimal stress levels during transport. This ensures that our Oysters are strong enough to stay closed and FRESH during shipping.
Size grading, re-bagging, purification and packing is carried out in our new shellfish processing plant a short distance from the shore in Grouville. It is not unrealistic to expect between 40 and 50 million oysters of various sizes to pass through the packhouse in any 12-month period.