In North America, aquaculturists grow high quality farmed oysters, clams, mussels and bay scallops. Farm raised shellfish are known for being uniform, clean, healthy and full of nutrients.
Farmed shellfish are also good for the environment. A single adult oyster can filter up to 60 gallons of water a day. Shellfish aquaculture is a booming industry in the USA and Canada. Most operations have a reputation for being sustainable, while providing safe, high quality shellfish.
In addition to commercial shellfish farms, small scale shellfish gardening on privately owned waterfront property is gaining popularity. These micro-systems, tended by environmentally concerned citizens, support oysters, blue mussels, clams and other shellfish.