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Oysters

Various species

Oyster farming extends across many countries of the world. The adaptability of oysters makes them a good aquaculture species.

The adaptability of oysters makes them a good aquaculture species. No supplementary feed is provided, and no medicines or chemicals are administered during grow-out.

Most oyster species used in aquaculture can be found naturally in marine and brackish areas close to the coast in shallow depths and thus can be farmed in locations accessible at low tide. Pacific oysters are the most important cultured species globally

Global oyster production in 2018 equated to some 6 million tonnes, with China producing 85% of the global total.