The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, said: “It is wonderful to see a family company like Selwyn’s, with such strong ties to the community, taking advantage of the opportunities available to them to expand and grow the business.
“Our seafood industry is globally recognised for its high quality products. We are working closely with businesses around Wales to continue to build on our success by supporting more innovative projects of this calibre.
“This facility is a fantastic example of how Welsh Government and European funding can be used to support business to develop new and exciting products and to create and safeguard jobs.”
The business was originally set up in the 1940s by Selwyn Jones, grandfather of the current owner Ashley Jones, to pick and sell cockles. Sales were direct to the customer through van sales all over the south Wales valleys.
Now run by the third generation of the Jones family, Selwyn’s is also working with Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay to develop Europe’s first organic seaweed farm
The Deputy Minister said: “We have a beautiful coastline and access to fertile seas and it is important to capitalise on that. It is therefore exciting to hear about Selwyn’s plans to work with Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Swansea University to potentially open the first Nori seaweed farm in Europe. I look forward to learning more about the trials on seaweed cultivation due to start in the Swansea Bay area later in the year.”