10/31/2017 11:02:31 AM News

Loch Fyne Oysters receive world-first Certification

Loch Fyne Oysters

The famous Scots restaurant, Loch Fyne Oysters, has become the first in the world to win a leading accolade for the ethical and environmental way its staff farm blue mussels.

Loch Fyne Oysters, at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll, has been producing mussels grown on ropes in Loch Roag on Lewis for 20 years. The company is now catering to blue-chip companies across the world including award winning Michelin starred restaurants, and prestigious retailers such as Selfridges and Globus.

Now the responsible approach to farming mussels has been recognised after it was awarded the bivalve Standard Certification by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). 

It is the first company worldwide to gain the accolade and bosses said it was reward for their attitude showing that responsible farming that does not have adverse impact on the surrounding environment and ethical social practices/

Managing Director Cameron Brown said: “We are very proud to be the first blue mussel farmer in the world to receive this certification from ASC, which is recognition of Loch Fyne Oysters dedication and hard work to provide ethically grown and environmentally friendly mussels to our customers around the globe."

Mr Brown said the mussels were a delicious, natural and healthy product grown in pristine waters and his teams had worked tirelessly to ensure their mussel farming left behind a low carbon footprint and contributed to the local community and economy.

Esther Luiten, ASC’s Commercial Director said: "It is great to now have blue mussels in the programme, and it shows the response to a growing market interest in responsibly farmed seafood."