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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, Pacific

Crassostrea gigas

Method

Farmed

Off-Bottom Culture

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.98 / 10

Market Names

Giant Oyster, Kaki, Japanese Oyster, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, Pacific

Crassostrea gigas

Method

Farmed

Bottom Culture

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.98 / 10

Market Names

Giant Oyster, Kaki, Japanese Oyster, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, American Cupped

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Farmed

Off-Bottom Culture

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.98 / 10

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, Edible

Ostrea edulis

Method

Farmed

Bottom Culture

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.98 / 10

Market Names

European Flat Oyster, Kaki, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, Edible

Ostrea edulis

Method

Farmed

Off-Bottom Culture

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.98 / 10

Market Names

European Flat Oyster, Kaki, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, American Cupped

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Farmed

Bottom Culture

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.98 / 10

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges (Vessel Towed)

Location

United States: Delaware - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

4.288 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence

Overall Rating

3.335 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

Abundance: stock status is unknown, but overfishing is unlikely.

 

Bycatch: Harvest method is selective and incurs minimal to zero bycatch. In addition, incidental catch can often be returned alive.


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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, American Cupped

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Texas, Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.228 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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  • Dredges
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, American Cupped

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Alabama, Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.228 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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  • Dredges
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, American Cupped

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.228 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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  • Dredges
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oyster, American Cupped

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico

Overall Rating

3.228 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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  • Dredges
Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

United States: Maryland - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.138 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

United States: Virginia - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.138 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges (Vessel Towed)

Location

United States: Virginia - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.009 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges (Vessel Towed)

Location

United States: South Carolina - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.346 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

United States: New York - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.836 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

United States: South Carolina - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.488 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

United States: Rhode Island - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.138 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges (Vessel Towed)

Location

United States: North Carolina - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.009 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Dredges (Vessel Towed)

Location

United States: Maryland - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.009 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Wild

Hand Implements

Location

United States: North Carolina - Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.138 / 5

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Variety

Oyster, Pacific

Crassostrea gigas

Method

Wild

Dredges (Hand)

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Market Names

Giant Oyster, Kaki, Japanese Oyster, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Variety

Oyster, Edible

Ostrea edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges (Hand)

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Market Names

European Flat Oyster, Kaki, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Variety

Oyster, Pacific

Crassostrea gigas

Method

Wild

Dredges (Hand)

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Market Names

Giant Oyster, Kaki, Japanese Oyster, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Australia Silver Lipped Pearl Oyster

Variety

Oyster, Silver Lipped Pearl

Pinctada maxima

Method

Wild

Miscellaneous Gear

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Australia Silver Lipped Pearl Oyster

Market Names

Oyster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - DFPO Limfjord oyster dredge

Variety

Oyster, Edible

Ostrea edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges (Vessel Towed)

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
DFPO Limfjord oyster dredge

Market Names

European Flat Oyster, Kaki, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Variety

Oyster, Edible

Ostrea edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges (Hand)

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Dutch Oyster Association oyster

Market Names

European Flat Oyster, Kaki, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Variety

Oysters, Pacific

Crassostrea gigas

Method

Farmed

All Production Methods

Location

Worldwide

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Market Names

Giant Oyster, Kaki, Japanese Oyster, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Variety

Oysters, Eastern

Crassostrea virginica

Method

Farmed

All Production Methods

Location

Worldwide

Eco-Certification

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Market Names

American Cupped Oyster, Kaki, Cluster Oysters, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Canada Organic Certified Shellfish Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how Canadian Organic Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Variety

Oysters, Pacific

Crassostrea gigas

Method

Farmed

All Production Methods

Location

Worldwide

Eco-Certification

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Market Names

Giant Oyster, Kaki, Japanese Oyster, Oyster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Canada Organic Certified Shellfish Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how Canadian Organic Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Variety

Oysters, Kumamoto

Crassostrea gigas kumamoto

Method

Farmed

All Production Methods

Location

Worldwide

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Market Names

Oyster, Kaki

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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