World’s first blue mussel farm achieves ASC sustainability certification
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd has become the first company to achieve the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Bivalve Standard Certification for responsible farming of blue mussels.
The certification is international recognition of a commitment to responsible aquaculture that Loch Fyne said it began 20 years ago when it began producing mussels, grown on ropes in Loch Roag on the Isle of Lewis.
“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,” said Cameron Brown, managing director, Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd.
“Our teams have worked tirelessly to ensure our mussel product maintains a low carbon footprint and we strive to make a positive contribution to the local community and economy. With this certification, our customers around the world will have the confidence they are purchasing the best mussels, harvested under the best practices whether it’s from Loch Fyne Oysters Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Deli or our online store.”
In Scotland’s recent Scottish food and drink strategy Ambition 2030, the country outlined its commitment to working in a responsible way.
James Withers, chief executive, Scotland Food & Drink said: “Scotland is proud to sustainably manage our seas and this fantastic news from Loch Fyne Oysters helps to build our global reputation as a world leader in responsible growth, helping to give Scotland’s producers a head start in markets throughout the world.”
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