Tofino oyster fest: Clayoquot Deep Water Oysters
So, what’s the connection between Clayoquot Sound and oysters?
Why a celebration of oysters and the sea in Tofino? Why is November
Oyster Month in Tofino?
Picture oysters hanging on long lines in deep, cool, pristine waters,
and you are picturing Clayoqout Deep Water Oysters. Oyster cultivation
in Clayoquot Sound began in the 1950’s. In 2004, there are now
about 12 shellfish tenures in Clayoquot Sound, with the majority of
the farms located up Lemmens Inlet. The current production of Clayoquot
oyster farms is an estimated 50,000 gallons annually. The oyster of
choice is Crassiostrea Gigas, or the Pacific Oyster, which was first
introduced to the west coast in the early 1900’s.
As filter feeders, oysters extract food from their environment by
pumping water past gills which trap plankton. With this close interconnection,
the quality of an oysters growing environment is very important,
by strict government health regulations and continuous water quality
testing. There are several techniques for growing oysters, but currently
the long line method is most prevalent in Clayoquot Sound. Growing
on long lines allows the oysters to hang in the deep waters and feed
continuously, taking about two years to grow to market size. With
this method they invest less energy in shell thickness, and have smaller
abductor muscles than beach oysters, with more plump meat for a given
shell size. By hanging in the cool depths they are also free from
influenced bacteria that cause some beaches to be closed in the summer
months, and are usually available for year round harvesting.
Oysters vary according to the locality, like wines, and most type
names are really place names. Clayoquot Deep water oysters tend to
mild and sweet free of silt or taste of the substrate.
Since Roman times it has often been believed that oysters are an
aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiac or not, the diversity in which oysters can
along with their nutritional composition makes them a natural fit
for special occasions and everyday feasts. Oysters are said to be a
source of protein, beneficial Omega-3, and an excellent source of
vitamins and minerals, including iron, copper and zinc.
For more information about the Clayoquot Oyster Festival visit our Tofino oyster fest page. For
more information about Clayoquot Deep Water Oysters contact Pat Koreski
at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Mullin at 250.725.4222.
Both Pat and Michael are oysters growers and members of the Clayoquot
Sound Shellfish Growers Association.
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