The honour we have for our ocean is at the core of our business and underpins the way we operate.
Our practices aim to improve the condition of our oceans. At Leeuwin Coast, we honour the ocean and actively work to create solutions for better techniques, return balance to ecosystems and work towards a better planet. Every part of Leeuwin Coast’s aquaculture operations have been created with the conservation of our unique coastline in mind.
Mussel and oyster aquaculture supports life in our oceans and is a form of regenerative aquaculture, so you don’t have to compromise your values for quality food. Managing this on a commercial scale can help return thriving habitats, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and offer food security to lifeforms above and below the waves.
Our aquaculture system uses commercial hatcheries to breed spat (baby mussels and oysters) meaning we don’t deplete natural stocks. Our seafood is sustainably farmed using techniques that fuel a better ecosystem. The dropper lines we hang in the ocean for Akoya and mussels to grow on creates a habitat in the ocean, almost like a floating reef. This provides a home for all manner of marine life, from crabs to fish and more. We also invest in and support world-class marine conservation research, and where possible, we have eliminated plastics within our business and are continuously investigating ways of reducing plastics in everything we do.
Aquaculture refers to farming aquatic organisms on land or in the ocean. Fish, shellfish and algae are the most commonly farmed groups around the world, producing valuable protein to meet global demand. In fact, as of 2013 aquaculture has been producing more seafood than wild catch. Sustainability is at the heart of our aquaculture development as we continue to invest in and develop new techniques to ensure our environment is healthy.
The Akoya is a pearl oyster, but the product is not as you know it. Instead of just harvesting the muscle from the oyster, which is what pearl meat is, we harvest the whole oyster. This has the added benefit of creating a delicious and complex flavour profile, harnessing every bit of the oyster. The natural flavours of the oyster combined with our pristine great southern waters, is a culinary delight.