There is a new and better way of culturing oysters that is being espoused by the city agriculturist of Dagupan City.
She is Emma Molina who is a fish¬eries expert. Right now she is promoting the floating bamboo raft system of culturing oysters at the Pantal and other rivers in Dagupan City.
In the old system, bamboo poles are staked in the river bed to which the spats or baby oysters attach themselves. This system worked for the fishers of old. But the disadvantage is that if the bamboo poles become too crowded they impede the free flow of water.
In the floating raft system the bamboo poles are crafted into a raft and floated by means of sealed plastic drums. At the bottom of the raft, strips of rubber from truck tire interiors are attached. The rubber strips are one inch wide and about two meters long. The spats attach themselves to these strips. After eight months, the oysters could be harvestable.