The healthy menu option..
A ½ dozen serving of Oysters provides the recommended daily intake of:Zinc, Vitamin B12,Iron, Copper, Iodine, Magnesium, Calcium, Managense, Phosphorus Also providing 20% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamins :A, B1,B2,B3, C AND D
All good news for those that want to improve immunity, stimulate enzymes, improve wound healing, maintain taste and sense of smell, develop dna. Zinc can support growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence. Whilst decreasing fatigue and increasing sexual function. The US national institute of health states “oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food”. Oysters contain more Omega 3 than snapper, barramundi and pink ling. Omega 3 contains vital nutrients for evey cell in your body. It is crucial for brain growth. Improves nervous systems signalling, reduces inflammation, increases blood flow and reduces the chance of dying from heart atack.
*Source: shellfish culture newsletter winter 2008 - shellfish culture (03) 62 47 9441 Clifton Beach TASMANIA
Oysters need a balanced eco system..
The weather is the biggest threat for oyster producers that can only be conquered through experience and flexible production techniques. Strong Winds, Floods and Drought all effect production and create a risk that has to be accounted for through careful planning and emergency protocols.
Pollution is a threat in other areas of Tasmania and has been experienced with catastrophic consequence in NSW and New Zealand. The Freycinet Coast is a stable environment for oyster growing thanks to careful infrastrucure planning.
Melshell’s production technology has minimized the risk of predators gobbling up our oysters. However if our oysters in great oyster bay go too deep they can be preyed on by Star Fish. The Northern Pacific Sea Star (Asterias amurensis) vomits on the oysters to destroy the shell and then consumes the meat. Areas in Tasmania have had problems with Crabs and Fish crushing or grinding the shells of juvenile oysters with their teeth or claws and then eating the meat. Particuraly the European Green Crab (CrabCarcinus maenas) Bream (Black Bream, Silver Bream) and Leather Jacket (Jackets, butterfish triggerfish).The habitat that the oysters are grown in can be invaded also by Rice Grass (Spartina anglica) this invasion tips the balance of an estuary and causes the eco system to be unstable.