Carlsbad Aquafarm, Inc.
Over the past 50 years the City of Carlsbad has been home to Southern California’s only shellfish farm, sustainably growing the eco-friendly Carlsbad Blue Mussel, Carlsbad Luna Oyster – (petite), Carlsbad Blonde Oyster – (large), and the exclusive Carlsbad Convict Oyster – (with uniquely distinctive, parallel-striped patterns). The farm has also developed a secondary line of culinary red seaweed, referred to as Ogo in the Japanese cuisine. The farm is located on an active, working waterfront set in the unspoiled Pacific Ocean waters of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, California. Each day over 600 million gallons of fresh seawater from the Pacific flows through the lagoon providing an exceptionally clean source of pristine seawater and nutrients for the shellfish to grow and thrive.
Rigorous laboratory testing standards and ultra-violet purification systems help ensure product safety while close proximity to the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas and major airports allow the farm a quick turn-around from harvest to shipping and delivery. The results are fresh, high-quality, local products with a small carbon footprint. Carlsbad Aquafarm is committed to sustainable mariculture and pursuing a necessary balance between the demand for responsible seafood production and the preservation of our ocean resources.
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon
The farm is set within the 400-acre Agua Hedionda Lagoon, a coastal wetland on the Southern California coastline. The lagoon watershed is a sensitive and vital ecosystem, home to hundreds of species of marine life and waterfowl, including an array of threatened and endangered species. It is also an invaluable respite for many migrating birds. The lagoon also hosts a white sea bass breeding and research center operated under the aegis of the California Fish and Wildlife. The lagoon’s various usages, and the many activities and ecosystems it supports, is a distinctive, unique, and precious natural resource. Carlsbad Aquafarm is committed to the long-term health of the lagoon and the local marine environment as well as serving as a model for sustainable aquaculture in Southern California.
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Please contact your local seafood wholesaler or distributor for buying options. You can also find Carlsbad Aquafarm products at Whole Foods Markets, King’s Fish House Restaurants and Santa Monica Seafood.