In 1979, after 3 years investigating the fledgling oyster growing industry in Tasmania, Bolduans Bay Oysters commenced farming with 6,000 sticks that were caught with spat in the Tamar River near Launceston. These sticks were then placed on the Duck Bay lease to grow with an initial aim of producing one million (1,000,000) mature oysters per annum (83,000 dozen). With the introduction of hatchery produced oyster seed in 1979 new farming methods have been developed.
The acquisition of more lease area in Duck Bay and Big Bay has seen the company grow to now employ twenty five fulltime staff and have factory floor space of 2,000 square metres. The introduction of our new retail outlet in late 2016 will give the company greater market penetration.
Since 1990 Bolduans Bay Oysters has purchased oyster seed (spat) from various shellfish hatcheries and grows this spat through to sizes ranging from 10 mm to 60 mm that are required for further on growing by farmers around Tasmania. Bolduans Bay Oysters is the largest supplier of juvenile oysters in Tasmania. The farm consisting of 78 hectares leased from the Crown, has 50,000 metres of oyster racking capable of holding 88,000 basket and tray units, for housing oysters in the various stages of growth. Average stock on hand quantities ranges between 12 to 16 million oysters. Stock that is not sold to on growers as juveniles is carried through to maturity for sale for human consumption. Sizes range from 70 mm to 100 mm. Production of up to 2.16 million oysters (180,000 dozen) in these sizes has previously been achieved with the company target of increasing this to 3.0 million (250,000 dozen) by 2018-2019 financial year. Peak production of 530 tonnes live weight was achieved during 1999, from the Company’s Marine Farms. This is equivalent to 530,000 dozen, 75 mm (Standard) oysters.
Bolduans Bay Oysters P/L is a founding shareholder of Shellfish Culture Ltd oyster hatchery and Tas Prime Oysters P/L marketing company. Tas Prime handles the sale of all Tarkine Fresh and Bolduans Bay mature oyster products into the processing sector through out Australia and for overseas exports.
© Tarkine Fresh Oysters 2016 |
All Rights Reserved.