View our article in the San Juan Islander. “Jones Family Farm (JFF) on Lopez Island released its first generation of Shoal Bay European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis). Spawned at the JFF hatchery and grown out at JFF’s shellfish farm located on the north end of the island, these are the first west coast flats on the market in more than four years.”
“We are delighted to marshal our unique resources at one of the finest shellfish grounds in the world to bring this special oyster back to market,” said Nick Jones, owner of Jones Family Farms.
“Once widely cultivated in Washington state, European flats are now almost extinct here. They have not been available for the better of four years due to state regulations on flat seed. For the time being, flats may only be grown in the same bay in which their seed is produced and JFF has the only facility that can do so”, Jones added.