Story: Aquaculture

Processing Pacific rock oysters (1st of 2)

Processing Pacific rock oysters

Workers break apart clumps of Pacific oysters that are moving down a conveyor belt towards a high-pressure washing zone. Cleaned oysters are graded by size and then prepared for sale. Some are sold alive in unopened shells, although most are presented in half-shell form, where the flat upper shell is removed and the meat remains in the concave lower shell.

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New Zealand Seafood Industry Council
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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Aquaculture - Oysters and scallops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 March 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006