For over 20 years the Bodega Marine Lab has had an Oyster Hatchery. I’m always learning about our rich history and capabilities. One species we are especially good at culturing is our native oyster, the Olympia Oyster (Ostrea lurida). This species is a focus of conservation aquaculture in California. While it is a slow grower and smaller than the Japanese Oyster (aka the Pacific or Miyagi Oyster) it is a favorite in the oyster bars.