Shellfish farming is, by definition, green and sustainable. The shellfish we farm are filter feeders that get their required nutrients by drawing sea water through their gills. Clam, mussel, oyster and scallop farmers do not feed their grow-out stock. They rely on natural food that exists in the environment.
We, as an industry, have a direct interest in a clean environment. Clams, mussels, oysters and scallops require a clean environment to prosper. They cannot tolerate the discharge of sewage or other toxins and are, in many ways, the canary in the coal mine that warns of poor environmental conditions. The health of our animals aids in monitoring water for pollution control and results in an increased awareness of water quality in coastal waters.
Shellfish farming is endorsed by environmental groups, including EcoFish, Audubon Society and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.
Members of the shellfish farming industry aim to be responsible environmental citizens, practice sustainable farming methods and remain mindful of the fact that all cultivation of land or water has some effect on the natural environment.
If you find industry-related equipment on beaches, please call the BCSGA office to arrange for pickup.