The way in which the Dugas family cultivates its oysters relies on ancestral techniques developed and refined over 7 generations. These techniques are not only environmentally conscious but contribute to the great taste and reputable quality of the Dugas Caraquette oyster. Care for the environment is always at the forefront of the manipulation process. Each step is done with the utmost respect for the natural habitat of the Caraquet Bay. The Dugas family uses smaller size barges with little consumption and restricts its ground manipulation to further limit their impact on the natural surroundings.
Contrary to other methods, The Dugas Caraquette oyster is left to develop freely in its natural ocean habitat. The Dugas family will oversee the growth and quality of each oyster over a 5-year process at the end of which mature oysters are collected by snorkeling while younger oysters are left to continue developing. Mature oysters that are ready for clients to enjoy are stored in cages at the bottom of the bay on aquaculture leases owned by the Dugas family.
« L’huître, la Caraquette, qu’on eut servie dans un plat d’or aux dieux de l’Olympe, si les dieux de l’Olympe en avaient soupçonné l’existence. »
Pascal Poirier, 1884