We have the utmost respect for the ecosystem in which our oysters grow and for the marine organisms living there. Many marine animals and plants thrive in our oyster beds and trays, using the oyster shells or our structures for protection or attachment. We commonly find dungeness crabs, various kinds of small fish, hermit crabs, shrimp, octopi, mussels, barnacles, and many types of algae, all chilling in the comfort of the cozy environment provided by the oysters and their shells. We do have to remove some of the barnacles and mussels (by hand), or they'd take over everything, but other than that, all are welcome. This natural environment, along with the beneficial effect of the oysters filtering the water to obtain their algae food, provides a pristine and natural environment rarely matched by other types of aquaculture or by land farming.