Handfuls of Spat

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8675561278_7516d71d96_q_oystercatcherTwo weeks ago, we began acquiring oyster seed at 2mm.  The size of a grain of sand, it’s called spat.  We buy from several nearby hatcheries, in case one has a poor set and cannot supply us with the requested amount.

The first batch came from Aeros aquaculture in Southold.  They sold us 500K in a two liter pouch.  At that time, the water temp was a chilly 49.  Monday, with the water climbing up to 56, we measured 7 liters –  a very nice 250% growth rate in two weeks.  By this weekend we will have to sort them by size so the bin is not too crowded.

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The growth rate here in the late spring and summer always astounds me.  Not only will the 7 liters of spat which we originally purchased swell to 18 bins of big 25 mm seed by September, but, the 2 year old animals that were not big enough to sell in may, that is, less than 3 inches, will zoom up to plump, meaty 4 inch plus animals by September.  It makes the  cold winter where we burned 5 cords of firewood worth the long hibernation.

 

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