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  • The Grower July 2018 - 1

    The Grower Newsletter for the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers

    July 2018


    The Grower is a quarterly newsletter edited by Janet H. Brown, The Shellfish Team, 2 Annfield Grove, Stirling, FK8 2BN [email protected] For membership of ASSG contact CEO Dr Nick Lake, Mendosa, Court Hill Road, Rosemarkie, Black Isle, Ross-shire, IV10 8UE [email protected]

    For further information see our web site at Disclaimer: Views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the official view of the Association

    The Grower is distributed to all members of the ASSG, to policy makers and scientists with interest in shellfish and is sent electronically all over the world to shellfish farmers and their ilk. It is also available online at Why not advertise to our specialist readership?


    SSMG wins award


    CEO’s Column 3-4

    ASSG Conference


    Digital shellfish grower


    Other conferences

    10- 11

    Shellfish and omega 3


    Major snippet from history


    Oyster Forum in China

    15- 17

    Letters to the Editor

    20- 22

    Photonews 24

    Shellfish win prizes at Aquaculture UK

    Aviemore blazed hot and sunny for Aquaculture UK which was once again being organised by 5M. With 2394 visitors and 190 exhibitors, a 50% increase in floor space

    indoors and a much larger outdoor exhibition area it was the biggest yet. (More photos and news inside). It was also the first year that 5M had staged the Marine Aquaculture Awards. Another first was the award for “Shellfish Farm Manager of the Year” sponsored by AFEX*. Great excitement at Table 20 at the Awards Dinner when this award was won by Rob Lamont (right)) of Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Company seen (on left) being presented with the award by Paul Szymanski of AFEX. Other ASSG members were

    also winners of the Aquaculture Seafood product of the Year – SSMG were the winners with their new product developed with Morrisons, Moules Frites. For more details on this see page 2.

    The other shellfish winner was in the category ‘Stewardship & Sustainability’. Carly Daniels of the National Lobster Hatchery in Cornwall won for her work on a project that is investigating the potential of culturing lobsters in unique growing systems. She is pictured (below right) being presented with her award by Paddy

    Campbell, MD of BioMar UK. *This new award was sponsored by AFEX.

    Established in 1979, AFEX is a trusted global payment and risk management solutions specialist operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in over 200 countries. AFEX understands the challenges moving money internationally can present businesses in the aquaculture industry. They offer a tailored FX solution, comprising of an industry leading suite of FX products, to provide protection to your finances. Helping you to navigate through the foreign exchange markets and better manage your international payments.

    Contact Senior Business Development Manager, Paul Szymanski, on 07827 360364.

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  • The Grower July 2018 - 2

    Dates for your diary

    EAS, Montpellier, France

    25-29 August 2018

    Workshop on European Abalone, biology and sustainable aquaculture 20-21 September 2018

    Brittany, France

    ASSG Annual Conference October 4-5 2018

    Corran Halls, Oban, Scotland

    22nd International Pectinid Workshop 24-29 April 2019

    Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Contact details

    Editor of The Grower Janet H Brown, 2 Annfield Grove, Stirling, FK8 2BN [email protected]

    CEO Nick Lake, Mendosa, Court Hill Road, Rosemarkie, Black Isle, Ross-shire, IV10 8UE [email protected]

    Treasurer Stephen Cameron, [email protected]

    Other members of management committee;- David Attwood [email protected] Patrick Blow [email protected] Tristan Hugh-Jones [email protected] Michael Tait [email protected] Ruth Henderson [email protected] Allan Jess [email protected]

    that are working hard behind the scenes on a daily basis, down at the head office in Bellshill. Stephen Cameron, Managing Director at Scottish Shellfish, said, “We are honoured and delighted to have won this award. I am proud of all the team members involved in the development of the product, and of course to our farmers for producing the quality shellfish to work with.”

    The product was Morrison’s, “The Best Meal for Two Moules Frites” which was launched in their stores as a Valentine’s day special. It consists of two packs of 450g of mussels in a lobster bisque sauce and a single box of thin cut fries or ‘frites’ of 300g.

    Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) were awarded Aquaculture UK Seafood Product of the Year 2018 on Wednesday 23rd May, for their ‘Moules Frites’ Morrison’s product. This is a fantastic achievement for Scottish Shellfish and the whole product team behind the scenes.

    There was stiff competition from Scottish Sea Farms, The Scottish Salmon Company and Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd, who were all in the final category on the night. Susan Tinch at Aquaculture UK said, “We were delighted with the unprecedented industry engagement with the awards and by the incredible standard of the applications and nominations, the competition was tough, but you (Scottish Shellfish) shone through”.

    Scottish Shellfish are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award, giving recognition to the team

    NEWS Winner, Winner, Shellfish Dinner!

    Pictured right; Stephen Cameron is presented with the award by John Williamson, general manager of Skretting . Dougie Vipond (left) was the MC for the evening.

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    CEO’s Column Nick’s Notes

    Summer is here – well at least the longer daylight periods! Given that the Summer Solstice may well have passed by the time you are reading this – let’s keep it all positive and not wonder where the time has gone and why the nights are drawing in?

    Shellfish Industry Performance No problem in being very upbeat about all the

    arduous work growers have put in to continue our sector on an upward trajectory. Publication by Marine Scotland of the annual cultivated shellfish production figures for 2017 presents the opportunity to assess how well we are doing. {see}

    Production of mussels for the table amounted to almost 8500 tonnes and Pacific oyster outputs achieved around 5 million shells. In addition, production for on- growing contributed approximately a further 4500 tonnes of mussels and 4 million Pacific oysters. Considerable hard work from a wide range of producers has helped our industry develop along the lines suggested by various strategies. The conclusion must be that individual shellfish producers read strategies? Well probably not! – But it would be really good if we could get all our Scottish Government agencies and bodies aligned to drive forward further success.

    What is heartening is that this growth in outputs has been accompanied by not only an increase in first sale value but also an increase in employment. One of the key features of the shellfish cultivation sector is that it serves to create and maintain jobs in remote rural areas and regardless of the relative rise in the value of the outputs of the sector, it has supported more individuals.

    Growing the product It is probably true to say that the unit value paid to

    producers of oysters and mussels has not risen but that demand for high quality Scottish cultivated shellfish has never been better. Markets, whether they are local sales or into the retail chain, are developing based on the range of shellfish – fresh or prepared - now able to be delivered.

    It was great to see the success of the shellfish sector at the recent UK Aquaculture Awards in Aviemore (see also pages 1 and 2). Not only did Loch Ryan Native Oysters get recognised but the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group product came home ahead of 3 salmon dishes! Moules et frites will be familiar to many as the national dish of Belgium - well now it has been innovated as a Scottish “Mussels and Chips” dish by the SSMG. Ready to be enjoyed in your own home after a brief time in the oven and microwave. Such innovation shows that increased Scottish production can be readily accommodated within the UK market and so the future is bright.

    In speaking to some of the Press regarding the release of the production statistics I have also had to note that shellfish jobs are not just being created in the rural economy. The central belt is increasingly seeing employment rise on the back of the processing and distribution of our products.

    Dr Nick Lake, CEO of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers (ASSG)

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