Sustainable Oyster Farming.

 

As oyster and shellfish farmers we are heavily invested in the health of our environment, and we operate on the front line. Our crop are filter feeders and are therefore a product of the water in which they grow and an indicator of it’s cleanliness. You could say that we have a vested interest in ensuring that our environment is healthy and that our farming practices are sustainable, however we here at Hog Island see it as more of a moral obligation to do the right thing.

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We regularly examine and review our farming techniques to ensure that they are as low impact and efficient as possible. As a result of this the Food Alliance certified us as one of their first “Sustainable Shellfish Producers”, providing third party recognition of our socially and environmentally responsible practices. With regular visits, and a renewal process that takes place every three years, the Food Alliance helps hold us accountable to the highest farming and business practices in the industry. We are also a partner in Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, who recommend farmed oysters as a “best choice” for healthy oceans.

Operating our own Hog Island Oyster Bars means that the majority of our oysters and shellfish are consumed within a fifty mile radius of where they grow in Tomales Bay, reducing the packaging and shipping costs associated with wider distribution and reducing our carbon footprint. We are trying to leave this place a little bit better than we found it and we thank you for your support along the way.

We are proud to grow with the following memberships and affiliations:
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA), Board members, Tomales Bay Watershed Council, Founding members, Food Alliance, Certified Sustainable Shellfish Producers, Marin Organic, Business partners, Marin Resource Conservation District, Board members, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, Restaurant partners, Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Marin Resource Conservation District, Board members, Slow Foods International, California Current Ocean Acidification Network, California Shellfish Initiative.