Harvesting oysters is an aqua farming operation that provides not only a food source but is also a beneficial component in the underwater environment that can improve water quality. Oysters are farmed with posts that are driven into the seabed. High tension wire is fastened to the poles, nets are then suspended from the high tension wire. The oysters are kept in these nets as a safe place to grow and eventually harvest.
Benefits of Plastic Lumber
HDPE plastic lumber is an environmentally-friendly building material that is manufactured from post-consumer recyclables, and is recyclable itself. It is a heavy-duty building material that doesn’t rot, mold or break down from consistent exposure to moisture. Plastic lumber doesn’t need to be chemically-treated, so it won’t leach harmful substances into the water, and is resistant to chemicals found in seawater like potassium and magnesium. It can withstand extreme moisture and absorb energy from waves and still remain intact.
What Bedford Technology Products for the Job?
FiberForce® by Bedford Technology is a plastic lumber composite material that is fortified with fiberglass strand that increases rigidity. This also increases the strength and makes it stiffer to better absorb impact from moving water. It is durable and comes in many profile lengths and sizes and is completely moisture resistant so it is built to last.
Why Traditional Building Materials Fall Short
Traditional building materials like wood and metal can pollute the water with chemicals and will deteriorate over time. Wooden posts will break down, splinter and crack from the moisture exposure and will cost more money for repairs and replacement. This can also disrupt the aquafarming process. Metal will corrode and rust, which can leach chemicals into the water.
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Aquafarm the Right Way with Bedford Technology Structural Plastic Lumber
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