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Our Story

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A BRIEF HISTORY

Tasmanian Oyster Co.

A BRIEF HISTORY

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Shellfish Culture was set up after a small meeting of oyster farmers in a chicken shed at Lenah Valley, in Southern Tasmania.

 1979 

Our first hatchery was established at The Gulch, Bicheno on the East Coast of Tasmania.

First oyster spat produced in March 1980.

 1980 

 1983 

First commercial nursery built at Pipeclay Lagoon, Tasmania.

Shellfish Culture became an unlisted public company.

 1989 

 1992 

Hatchery achieves 50 million spat sales.

New hatchery and nursery constructed on current site at Pipeclay Lagoon.

 1998 

 2005 

Successful commercial breeding of Scallops, Mussels and Abalone.

Hatchery achieves 100+ million spat sales.

 2007 

 2010 

Commercial spat sales in Singapore, Japan and Vietnam.

Record spat sales achieved by the Company.

 2015 

 2019 

SCL integrates with Tasmanian Oyster Co. and commences sales of mature oysters to the consumer market.

Completed the Poke acquisition, doubling the farming footprint to more than 220ha of pristine Tasmanian water.

 2020 

Our Oysters Journey

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1. Algae Production

Algae is produced to feed the oyster spat.
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3. Hatchery

2. Spawning

Our skilled technicians produce baby oysters (spat)
The baby oysters cared for 7 days a week, growing to 2mm in size.
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4. Nursery

We are the experts in small oyster spat husbandry, via 40+ years of development and learnings.
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5. Growout

With fully organic practices, our oysters grow in some of the most wild and unruly environments on the planet.
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6. Harvest

Culminating in a premium harvest grade oyster for you to enjoy!