All the Jersey oysters we supply are harvested from the Royal Bay of Grouville, on the east coast of Jersey. The main growing area covers approximately35 hectares in total, which has 2 main holding areas. The holding areas are smaller sites closer to shore. The area we source these oysters from in a good year may produce 50 million oysters.
Here the oysters spend at least half the day exposed when the tide is out to "harden" them off. They are kept in this area for at least two weeks before being sent to our depuration plant in Sussex, to get them used to being out of the water and ensure only minimal stress levels during transport. This ensures that the oysters are both strong enough to stay strong during shipping, and also they are trained, so last much better when packed into our wooden boxes.
All the oysters are packed on their cupped shells, and are tightly strapped to help retain the water in the shells, giving them a longer shelf life. With the sea water now starting to cool, these oysters could last up to 5 days, stored in a cool place.