Discover how the Alaska’s cold, nutrient-rich waters are ideal for growing oysters and kelp by touring a floating farm and then sampling both sustainable products.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy picturesque coastal drive along the Tongass Narrows to Bonfire Bay. From here, you will cruise to Clover Pass, all the while watching for humpback whales, seals and sea lions, which frequent these pristine waters. Be sure to look overhead too, as eagles are also abundant.
Upon arriving at Hump Island Oyster Company’s oyster and kelp farm, you will tour the family-owned floating facility. The deep, nutrient-rich tidal waters of Bonfire Bay are ideal for farming oysters in trays suspended from cedar floats. The oysters are nurtured as they grow from thumbnail size to market size, and as you will discover it’s a fascinating process.
The company is also the first in Alaska to grow kelp, another sustainable endeavor only possible because of the bay’s extraordinary water conditions. To delve even deeper into the challenges of aquaculture, you will tour the on-site laboratory.
Still, there is no better way to understand how conditions affect oysters and kelp than to taste the final products. A sampling will reveal that the plump oysters have a unique briny flavor that finishes with a hint of melon. The kelp is used liberally in products such as salsa and seasonings.
Need to Know:
Note: Participants must be at least 40 lbs. (to fit lifejacket) and maximum is 250 lbs. Guests must be able to navigate 15 steps onsite to access the full tour. Must also be able to get into a 15-passenger van with assistance of a stp stool. Stairs at Oyster Farm & tide dependent ramp are only areas that may be difficult for guests with mobility issues. 100-yard walk on gravel road from van to vessel ramp. Wear warm, waterproof layers & sensible shoes for walking on a dock
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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