Wapengo Rocks oysters

A cleaner greener rock oyster.

What Shane Buckley's rock oyster farm on Wapengo Lake, on the NSW south coast, became the first oyster farm to achieve Australian Certified Organic status in 2013.

How In the traditional post-and-rail oyster cultivation, rails of treated or tar-dipped pine are driven into the seabed to hold the oyster-growing racks. As well as leaching chemicals into the ecosystem, this method heavily shades the seabed, causing sea grasses and the species they support to die off. In the six years following his purchase of Wapengo Rocks near Bermagui in 2007, Buckley has converted the farm into an organic, sustainable practice using posts made from 100 per cent recycled, recyclable and environmentally safe plastic using a custom long-line harvesting system. The baskets, which let in much more sunshine, are clipped onto a fixed line and sway with the tide and wind until the oysters reach maturity.

Why Buckley's oysters aren't forcibly knocked from stakes, as they were using the previous system. His oysters' consistent soft marine-vegetable flavours, delicate poached-egg creaminess and deep, even shells are the welcome results of that gentle treatment and the pristine environment he's preserved.

Where Find Wapengo Rocks oysters at MoVida, Le Pelican and The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room in Sydney, plus MoVida and MoVida Aqui in Melbourne and near the source at the Bermagui Oyster Room. Buckley has also recently opened the Wapengo Rocks Oyster Shop in nearby Bermagui. 


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
The Producers: Fawk Foods
26.09.2017
Meet Your Maker: Tanto, QT Melbourne
14.09.2017
Sydney is part of Airbnb's Flavours of Home
11.09.2017
Perth's Chu Bakery: home to the matcha choux puff
06.09.2017
Miele launches a smart oven with a smart price tag
05.09.2017
The Producers: Box Grove Vineyard Verjus
14.08.2017
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Nine ways to dress oysters

From a classic mignonette to a spicy tamarind dressing, top ...

Oyster love

In some primal, totemic way, writes Frank Moorhouse, oysters...