When the baby oysters have grown enough, they are placed between two nets in a safe little pocket. Here they will grow until large enough to be supported on strands of nylon rope and immersed again in the bay. A hole is drilled in the double thickness of the oyster just above the hinge. A metal loop is threaded through the hole and attached to the rope. This is not painful to the oyster, easier than piercing a human’s ear lobe.