EFFINGHAM OYSTERS

Effingham Inlet - Vancouver Island, B.C.

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Fjord Fresh

Grown in the cold waters, fed by ocean upwelling, in the shadows of the Effingham Fjord

40 Kilometers From The Nearest Civilization 

Have you seen the movie Water World?

A farmer's version of Water World, this crew sleeps, eats, works, and operates completely on floating rafts and boats.  Accessible only by water, this is one of the cleanest places in the world to grow oysters.   

To visit Mica and his crew, you better bring a boat or seaplane!

EFFINGHAM'S FJORD FRESH STORY

I was exposed to oysters for most of my life. Camping as a kid, we would collect them off the beach. Dad would help us BBQ big oysters on the fire.  Getting older and spending time at the cabin fishing and drinking with the boys we would slurp back the tasty little oysters, BBQ the large ones, and see who could eat the biggest raw oyster.

I got into commercial fishing in my early 20’s. Being on the ocean, the wind, the sea life, the rocking of the boat was amazing. I fished on the BC coast, into Alaska, and the lower half of California. At the same time, I bought a Christmas tree farm. Fishing in the summer, working the tree farm in the winter. I moved up the ladder and became the youngest captain in the fleet, and then I bought a boat. I also enjoyed being on land, shaping and growing trees. While I enjoyed being a fishing boat captain, I didn’t like the limitations of fishing. The ocean only produces so many fish. I could grow as many tree’s as I wanted, but they take 10 years to grow. I wanted something quicker.

Oyster farming fell into my lap. 400 miles west of California one day the satellite phone rang. The voice said “We have to check out an oyster farm, it is the perfect cross between Christmas tree farming and commercial fishing, and it’s in your backyard, right where you grew up. “ I later purchased that farm. 

6 years later, the thing I like most about oyster farming is it still has a ton of room for innovating. I enjoy seeing how the Romans farmed oyster’s years ago. How the French, the Australians and Chileans farm now. I enjoy thinking about what can I take from their methods, to maximize the naturel advantages my area has. I like talking to customers, seeing what they want, and how I can change my growing style to make the perfect oyster happen.  I like the challenge of developing a way to farm better oysters.

EFFINGHAM BRANDS

EFFINGHAM

LOCATION : Effingham Inlet, Vancouver Island, B.C. - Canada 

GROWING METHOD : Raft & Rack 

ATTRIBUTES : Grown in a cold, pristine fjord in British Columbia, Effingham oysters are some of the very best oysters in the world, with a unique, sweet and sea-salty flavor and buttery finish. These range in size from 3"-3.5", with deep, beautifully colored cup. 

MICAS

LOCATIONEffingham Inlet, Vancouver Island, B.C. - Canada

GROWING METHOD : Raft & Rack

ATTRIBUTESGrown in a cold, pristine fjord in British Columbia, Effingham oysters are some of the very best oysters in the world, with a unique, sweet and sea-salty flavor and buttery finish. These range in size from 2.5"-3", with deep, beautifully colored cup.

Effingham's remote world with Mica Verbrugge  

 Effingham Oysters is likely the most remote oyster farm in the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The only way in or out is by sea plane or a 2 hour boat ride that takes you along Vancouver Island's absolutely breathtaking scenery to a remote outpost that is over 40 kilometers away from the nearest town. Check out his story.

What is the Raft and Tray growing method?

Rafts are constructed from wood and pontoons or other materials. Oysters are then placed in trays. The trays are stacked on top of one another creating a rack of trays. The rack is then lowered down into the deep water and hung from the floating raft by a rope. This method allows farmers to lower and raise oysters into various food columns.

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