"Oysters Acheive Seafood Watch Program's Super Green List: The Top Ten Healthiest & Most Beneficial Seafood." - Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch

Oysters, clams and mussels, are 'filter feeders' that can filter up to 50 gallons of seawater per day. They feed on the tiny plankton and micronutrients that exist naturally in the marine environment. Their filter feeding helps to keep the bay water clean and clear which allows other marine life to live and thrive. Oysters are considered a keystone species that naturally help to clean, benefit and support the environments where they grow.

Oyster farmers, by trade, are invested in protecting and enhancing the bay environments where they raise oysters. At Hog Island Oyster Farm, we constantly monitor the water quality and conditions of Tomales Bay and are actively involved in efforts to protect and restore the entire Tomales Bay watershed.

Taking our efforts just a step further, in 2011, Hog Island Oyster Co. became one of the first shellfish farms to become certified as a Food Alliance Certified Sustainable Shellfish Producer. Food Alliance certification provides a trusted and independent third-party audit process for certifying socially and environmentally responsible management practices in shellfish farming operations. 

Hog Island Oyster Co. is also a proud member of the California Current Ocean Acidification Network (C-CAN).  This group is a coalition of scientists, marine biologists, oceanographers, policy makers and shellfish farmers working together to monitor and study how increased levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions impact the health of our oceans and marine ecosystems. To learn more about C-CAN and Ocean Acidification impacts and research please visit the following websites: C-CAN, Bodega Ocean Acidification Research and NOAA Ocean Acidification Research.


Our partners in sustainability:

Slow Food San Francisco Marin Organic Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association