Cultivated oysters landed in Shiriuchi
Oysters cultivated in the town of Shiriuchi, one of the leading oyster-producing areas in southern Hokkaido, are being landed. The oysters, which are two years old, were cultivated on ropes that had been submerged in the sea since last summer. This year’s oysters are said to be “plump and juicy,” and the ports are lively during this extremely cold season.
According to the Nakanokawa branch of the Kamiiso-gun Fisheries Cooperative, three producers landed their first oysters on November 16. On November 27, when the sea was calm, about six boats, including Nishiyama Toru’s fishing boat, set sail from the port at just after 6 a.m. The oysters hanging from the ropes approximately 1 km from the shore, were hoisted onto the boats using cranes. “This is the first time in five years that the oysters are so plump. Shiriuchi oysters have no odor or bitter taste and are refreshingly delicious,” said Nishiyama with a smile on his face.
In FY 2020, Shiriuchi Fisheries Cooperative handled approximately 80 tons of oysters, with a turnover of around 90 million yen, making it one of the top cooperatives in Hokkaido. The oysters that are landed are processed at the Nakanokawa branch and sold at supermarkets in Sapporo, Hakodate and other parts of Hokkaido. The landing of oysters will continue until June 2022.
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