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A showcase of Scotland's best shellfish

5 October 2018, at 9:33am

The producers of the best shellfish in Scotland were honoured last night as part of a competition that took place as part of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers’ annual conference.

Judges John Ogden, Jenny Hjul, Nicki Holmyard and Elaine Jamieson had the enviable task of sampling the best native oysters (Ostrea edulis), Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) and mussels (Mytilus edulis) in the country in order to decide the winners.

Judith Vajk of Caledonian Oysters, Elaine Jamieson (representing Barra Oysters) and Douglas Wilson of Inverlussa Mussels
Judith Vajk of Caledonian Oysters, Elaine Jamieson (representing Barra Oysters) and Douglas Wilson of Inverlussa Mussels

Barra Oysters, a relative newcomer on the shellfish scene, scooped the best Pacific oyster award for the first time. Caledonian Oysters won the award for the best native oysters. While the final prize was won by Inverlussa mussels.

“It’s good to benchmark what you’re doing against another people… it’s a really valuable competition,” said Nick Lake, Chair of the ASSG.

The ASSG conference also featured a range of talks – from Scotland and beyond – and was opened by Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, who expressed her strong support for the sector.

Next year’s ASSG conference, which will again be held in Oban, is going to tkae place on 31 October – 1 November.

Senior editor at The Fish Site

Rob Fletcher has been writing about aquaculture since 2007, as editor of Fish Farmer, Fish Farming Expert and The Fish Site. He has an MA in history from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in sustainable aquaculture from the University of St Andrews. He currently lives and works in Scotland.

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