The Clyde has been selected to pilot mussel farming

A commercially viable development plan pilot for mussel farming on the Clyde has taken a step forward as a consortium of Maritek and Ironside Farrar has been selected following a rigorous tendering process. The team will carry out the second stage of the Shellfish Critical Mass Project.

Jointly set up by Crown Estate Scotland, the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers and Marine Scotland, the project plans to look at how the future development of the sector can be supported.

‘If the first stage of the Critical Mass Project was the theory, this is where we get to see the practical results. Shellfish harvesting has the potential to be a big success story for Scotland with the right support. By working closely with the industry, government and others, Crown Estate Scotland hope we can help pave the way for future development,’ said Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Operations Manager at Crown Estate Scotland.

The Clyde has been selected to host the project as an area that is distinct, and which already has a good network of organisations who have contributed a great deal of local knowledge and research.

‘This project will deliver a framework that can serve a similar purpose in other areas,’ said Crown Estate Scotland Chair Amanda Bryan, referring to the project during a speech to the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers conference in Oban.

‘We are looking for two distinct elements. Firstly, a plan for mussel farming in the Clyde marine region which provides ‘investment-ready’ detail on location, scale and operational criteria for commercial development. One that includes a financial justification – as well as meeting legal and stakeholder requirements and interests. Secondly, a process framework that can be used as a template elsewhere in Scotland.’

Source: Crown Estates