Broadwater Oysters have been growing and processing the magnificent Pambula Lake oysters for over 20 years. We supply our Sydney Rock Oysters as either opened, unopened and bottled oysters. You can find us halfway between Eden and the village of Pambula, on the foreshore of Pambula Lake on the stunning Sapphire Coast of NSW.
Sydney Rock Oysters
The Sydney Rock Oyster is a native species to Pambula Lake. They are a bi-valve mollusc that can change sex during their lives, usually beginning life as a male and maturing into a female. During the warmer months of the year the oysters spawn and form spat (baby oysters) that are carried on the tide for a number of weeks before it is time to settle in the intertidal zone. Traditionally spat would settle on rocks along the lake foreshore. We put out catch structures, called slats, to collect the spat. The young oysters are removed from the slats after approximately 9 months. Once the oysters are removed from the slats they will be put into cylinders or baskets to continue growing. The young oysters do not re-attach, but move around inside the containers with wind and tidal activity.
Sydney Rock Oysters are naturally organic, feeding on algae and organic matter in the lake waters. Young oysters grow quickly so they require constant management and attention to keep them growing to their full potential. We bring our into shore every couple of months to grade into similar size groups and expand across extra baskets to ensure there is enough room for each oyster to grow. As the oysters develop we put them into different growing structures including floating baskets and trays.We put our 1 to 2 year old oysters in floating baskets so they are constantly in the feeding column. We use both trays and floating baskets for the final year of growth to finish our oysters. We grow in the intertidal zone, which strengthens their abductor muscles and creates the long shelf life for which Sydney Rock Oysters are famous
Broadwater Oysters are 3 to 3½ years old by the time they are ready to harvest. The oysters are cleaned and given a final grade for shell size and weight. They are then ready for processing or sale as a live product.We rely on excellent water quality to produce our award winning oysters. Rainfall within the catchment can cause an interruption to our oyster harvest for short periods of time. The oyster farmers of Pambula Lake conduct extensive water quality monitoring and shellfish testing. This enables us to provide the highest quality product and also evaluate the health of the environment in which they are grown. For the continued success of the oyster industry we all need to keep our waterways healthy.
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