By Madeleine Jepsen
No two oyster growing operations are the same. Variations in water conditions, gear types, and harvest methods mean that what works for one oyster farm may vastly differ for another. Farming oysters is backbreaking work, so technology and research usually focus on two things: improving the quality of the oyster and lightening the workload. Understanding the genetics of oyster health and how the environment affects growth allows growers to nurture their oysters from seed to market. Other innovations around the farm help keep the workload manageable for growers.