Seawan Gelhbach and Andy Craig took receipt on May 11 of 100,000 Pacific oyster spat to populate their new farm located in Simpson Bay. Operating as Simpson Bay Oyster Co., the site is the newest local maricultural venture to join Jim Aguiar’s nearby Eagle Shellfish oyster operation.
After the long ferry ride and flight from a hatchery near Ketchikan, the spat, averaging 21 millimeters in size, were taken to their new home aboard the bow picker F/V Alena K. Crew included Kris Kokborg, Hawkins Williams, Leo Craig and pup Oliver.
After two weeks of acclimation, spat will be further sorted and placed into growing trays. John Kiser, an experienced oyster grower visiting from Ketchikan, was also on hand to give technical advice to the new growers.
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