Pacific oyster

Order: 
Ostreoida
Family: 
Ostreidae

Marine bivalve mollusc. Shell solid, inequivalve, extremely rough, extensively fluted, and laminated; left (lower) valve deeply cupped, its sides sometimes almost vertical, the right (upper) valve flat or slightly convex sitting withing left; inequilateral, beaks and umbones often overgrown; tending to be oblong in outline but often disorted and very irregular. The shape of the shell varies with the environment. Colour usually whitish with many purple streaks and spots radiating away from the umbo. The interior of the shell is white, with a single muscle scar that is sometimes dark, but never purple or black.

International Designations

Germany: 
Pazifische Felsenauster
France: 
Huître creuse
Italy: 
Ostrica pacifica
Portugal: 
Ostra gigante
UK: 
Pacific oyster
Fishing gears: 
Aquaculture
FAO code: 
OYG
Scientific name: 
Crassostrea gigas
Type: 
Molluscs
Fishing areas: 
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
613057,61
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC