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.”