Oyster, Pacific or rock

Pacific Oyster

Originally from the Pacific, as the name implies, this is now the most commonly farmed oyster in northern Europe. Over 10 million are famed in the UK each year, which is small in comparison to the numbers farmed in France. They will not breed in UK waters, so juveniles are grown in hatcheries and relaid in the sea for growing and fattening. They grow much faster than native oysters and will reach market size in about half the time.

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