Based in Brixham, the company – which has ambitions to produce 10,000 tonnes of mussels a year in Lyme Bay – has successfully completed three years of sea trials, which have shown that production of high quality rope grown mussels in a fully offshore marine environment is feasible.
The new recruit brings with him significant experience of the seafood production, processing and retail sectors, as well as having working on a campaign to end illegal fishing with the Pew Charitable Trusts.
“We are delighted to welcome Huw to the company and look forward to working with him to steer the next stage of development. We have grown fast over the past couple of years, expanding our production capacity, increasing sales volumes, and building a skilled workforce. Huw’s insight into the wider seafood industry will be of great help in making Offshore Shellfish a world class company,” said managing director John Holmyard.
“Shellfish has been a major interest of mine since I started in the seafood industry in the mid-1990s. Being able to return to that sector of the industry and work in a company that farms some of the most sustainable seafood in the world is a natural progression of my career. I look forward to helping the founders, John and Nicki Holmyard, to achieve their ambitious plans to expand the production of farmed mussels in the UK,” said Thomas.