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ASC ACCREDITATION FOR SCOTTISH FARMED OYSTERS

ASC ACCREDITATION FOR SCOTTISH FARMED OYSTERS

ASC accreditation for Scottish farmed oysters. Isle of Mull Oysters are now the only ASC certified Oysters in Scotland. Whilst the production processes largely remain the same
the chain of custody process has helped to organise and document a process of farming that has been learnt over generations of the
same family.

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s accreditation enhances the important sustainability message provided by a recent Life Cycle Assessment. The report, commissioned by Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group in collaboration with Edinburgh University, concluded that Oysters have one of the lowest GWP (Global Warming Potential) of all farmed proteins and actually “breathe life
into the sea” where it’s farmed. Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group supplies Scottish Oysters nationwide, selling around 500,000 oysters per year with significant volume increases around Valentines and Christmas.

Rob Mitchell, MD at SSMG commented:

“Best practice that is assured by a third party is better for the quality of the specie, the future of farmers, communities and of course the environment. As the natural environment has a direct impact on the ongoing success and quality of farmed Oyster production in Scotland, the ASC accreditation and the use of its logo, strengthens its positive image.”

About the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group

Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group are the UK’s leading supplier of rope-grown mussels and cultivated Pacific oysters. A farmer’s Co-operative, our farmers produce mussels and oysters of the highest quality in the pristine seas of the West coast of Scotland and the Shetland Isles. On behalf of our 14 member farms, we sell to 7296 supermarkets throughout the UK and Europe.

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