Albany's pristine waters a haven

Haidee VandenbergheCountryman

There must be something in the water in Albany.

For just over two decades, the Albany Oyster Farm has been dishing up succulent, plump oysters for the domestic market.

The farm is the only in WA to grow Sydney rock oysters, taking tiny molluscs the size of a grain of sand and nurturing them for up to four years before sale.

Owned by Ocean Foods International, the Albany Oyster Farm has its eyes firmly on the horizon.

It sells about 500,000 dozen oysters a year, and the international market is now hankering for taste of Albany's finest.

Export and import manager Chantelle McDonald said the aim was to eventually have 50 per cent of all sales in Asia.

The Emu Point-based operation can already boast clients in Singapore, Bali and Dubai, but with the farm's relative proximity to Asian markets, interest in fresh oysters from the South Coast is picking up in China, Hong Kong and Japan.

"We're just starting to crack into the market," Ms McDonald said.

The Albany Oyster Farm also has blue mussels on its menu.

Ms McDonald said the company was planning to open an oyster shack in Emu Point where tourists and locals could enjoy Great Southern rieslings with freshly shucked oysters.

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