Debris ID: Oyster Baskets

For this week’s Debris ID, we’ll take a look at an item familiar to anyone in the mariculture industry: the oyster basket!

Oyster baskets are black plastic mesh cages used to house oysters as they grow. Sometimes you can find one with a buoy attached. If you find an oyster basket, make sure to check for an identifying mark that shows what company it belongs to . If it says “CSC”, it’s a basket from Coast Seafoods. If you find a CSC basket, you’re in luck! CSC baskets can be returned to the company in exchange for a free bag of oysters.

If you’ve seen fisheries and mariculture debris like this on local beaches and want to help address this issue, check out our Trash Trackers program at