Interesting Machine Sales | Oyster Nursey Automates Sorting

Posted by Alyssa Kaiser on 04/22/2021 2:24 PM


In one of our most recent machine sales, we provide an efficient, automated sorting solution for one enterprising oyster nursery based in North Carolina.


The Hills at Down East Mariculture

SMYRNA, NORTH CAROLINA – Down East Mariculture is a family-owned Oyster Nursery based in North Carolina. The business was established in 2015 by Susan Fulcher Hill, a lifelong native with a vision of restoring the enterprise of the coastal community she had grown up in and cherished. The Hill family – Susan, Robert, son John and his wife Arianna – set their sights on renovating a building that had once housed Willis Brothers Seafood Inc., a once-thriving clam and scallop processing business that had been shuttered since the late ’70s.

Dilapidated and fallen into disuse since 1980, the Hills certainly had their work cut out for them but rose to the challenge of revitalizing the historic landmark. Today, the Hills produce millions of oyster seed each season and have plans for an Oyster Hatchery that will be fully operational this spring.

When John reached out to us earlier this year in search of a more effective, less manual means of sorting their oyster seed, we were more than happy to put our decades of experience in the industry to good use. We’ve partnered with countless oyster and clam hatcheries over the years, providing sorting solutions that blow traditional manual screening methods out of the water. In the words of Bill Mayer, Owner of Clam Daddy’s down the shore in Brigantine Bay, New Jersey: the Kason screener “not only does in minutes what used to take hours but allows me to deploy my staff to perform more important operations.” (Read more here)

Down East MaricultureOur engineering team custom-designed a VIBROSCREEN circular vibratory screener to meet the Hills’ goals of more efficient sorting operations. The 30” two-deck, high-efficiency unit is durable and efficient, built to classify oyster seeds in a fraction of the time.

Earlier this month, the screener made its way to its new home Down East. We’re happy as clams – er, oysters? – to hear that the Hills are looking forward to their first sort with their new screener, and we wish them all the best with their booming business!






Down East Mariculture
(252) 204-1134
PO Box 421, Smyrna, NC 28579

Machine Specs

  • VIBROSCREEN Circular Vibratory Screener
  • Two-Deck Configuration
  • Food-Grade Finish
  • 304 Stainless Steel Material of Construction 
  • K-DURA High-Performance Standard Stainless Steel Screens

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Topics: Circular Vibratory Screeners, Aquaculture, Seed Oysters & Seed Clams