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Shellfish farming has been practiced for centuries all around the world. The species being farmed and the methods used are site dependent. Bottom culture and racks and bags are typical of shallow water husbandry techniques whereas at deep water sites the shellfish are suspended in the water column using trays, bags, socks, ropes and floats tied off to long lines that are either held at the surface or submerged.
Shellfish are filter feeders and as such they filter plankton (microscopic green plants) from the seawater converting it to wholesome animal protein. Their shape, the fullness and texture of the meat, and their flavor are determined by where they grow, how they are farmed and the plankton they eat. This sense of place - "merroir" - makes the various brands of mussels, oysters, and clams that American Mussel Harvesters, Inc. brings to the market the unique culinary experience they truly are!