Bivalve aquaculture – a group that includes oysters, mussels and scallops have minimal ecological impact. They gain nourishment by filtering suspended particles such as phytoplankton and detritus from the water column and the wastes return nutrients and minerals to the ecosystem.
The leases in Jarvis Bay are likely to have a minimal impact on the overall marine park ecosystem due to the lease area being 0.4% of the total area and reliable water completely flushing it out every 24 days or so.
Good YouTube video about filter feeders
Water Monitoring Program
Our mussels are harvested in accordance with the NSW Shellfish Program, run by the NSW Food Authority.
This program requires regular monitoring of:
1. Presence of excessive numbers of pathogenic microorganisms and biotoxins in the water.
2. Presence of excessive numbers of pathogenic microorganisms and biotoxins in the meat.
We are happy to share data from this program to interested parties.