Oyster Life Cycle

Depending on the oyster’s environment or life stage, the oyster can be male or female. Once the oysters spawn, eggs and sperm are released into the water to be fertilized. Adult females can release as many as 5 to 8 million eggs at one time! Oysters are capable of spawning within their first year of life. Larger oysters produce more gametes than smaller oysters.

Life cycle of an oyster

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