Meet Stirling Cullenward, one of our Oyster Farmers from Merimbula, in NSW’s Sapphire Coast.
Stirling saw aquaculture as the next big thing in farming and believes the bulk of the world’s protein is one day going to come from the ocean. That’s what got him into the oyster farming business.
Stirling is a one-man show, so he has to be efficient with the use of technology. The turning point in his farm’s success was converting his infrastructure to raise oysters in floating bags. It is less labour intensive and produces a clean oyster with good meat to shell ratio. Marketing is a big focus for Stirling moving forward. He wants to maximise the value of his product and is exploring export opportunities at the moment.
“Having an office on the water is perfect and it is all about marketing now. The people need to realise a large oyster isn’t necessarily a great oyster!”
We are excited to have Stirling as part of the Signature Oysters team!