Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries opened the doors to their oyster hatchery in Grand Isle for a public tour, coupled with a field trip out to Grand Isle Sea Farms.

Field trip with LDWF, Louisiana Sea Grant and Grand Isle Sea Farms
Oyster breeding stock at the hatchery
Breeding stock oysters, brought inside and placed in warmer water to encourage ripening
The hatchery makes its own algae as food for the oysters
Getting on the boat with Grand Isle Sea Farms
Pulling an oyster cage. These oysters are cultivated off-bottom and harvested to order.
Floating oyster cages at Grand Isle Sea Farms