Local Food Economy
Supporting local aquaculture
The UAE currently imports over 80% of its food supply, and oysters are no exception.
We are proudly building a successful Emirati mariculture business that will put the UAE on the food producing map.
While other oysters sold in the UAE are imported through refrigerated freight, Dibba Bay oysters are transported straight from our farm to the local market in just a few hours. This helps reduce carbon emissions and ensures that you get the freshest oysters, right from the sea to your table.
Reducing carbon emissions
Compared to other forms of marine aquaculture, commercially grown bivalve shellfish (oysters) are an incredibly sustainable form of aquaculture that has no negative impact on the environment.
Oysters improve water quality in their surrounding area and do not require any irrigation, feed or fertilizer of any form. They simply need seawater rich in algae and plankton. Through their consumption of algae, oysters sequester carbon, allowing for a significant reduction of overall carbon in the ocean, contributing towards a lower carbon density in the environment!
Benefiting the surrounding ecosystem
The ocean's well-being is our well-being. We work hard to protect and preserve the pristine waters of Dibba throughout every step of our operation. Oysters are aptly called ecosystem engineers because they greatly benefit the health of our oceans and its wildlife.
The lanterns used at the farm are also creating a habitat for aquatic life and vegetation, providing ecosystem functions for species such as turtles, fish and other marine animals.
Friend of the Sea
To be a certified Friend of the Sea institution, aquaculture facilities must meet strict sustainable policies, waste management regulations, and social responsibilities. The Friend of the Sea certification covers our sustainable aquafarming for oysters as well as our packing and export operations with traceability being a key focus.
As part of our waste management program, dried Dibba Bay oyster shells are being returned to the ocean in non-pollutive gabion cylinders that are 80 cm high which act as building blocks to protect coral reefs in Dibba, Fujairah. The shell structures are offering a substrate for coral growth and new habitat for marine life.