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Clyde shellfish project announced to support sector growth

A commercially viable development plan pilot for mussel farming has taken a step forward.

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.

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.

Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Operations Manager at Crown Estate Scotland, said: ‘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.”

Referencing the project during her opening speech to the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers conference in Oban today, Crown Estate Scotland Chair Amanda Bryan outlined what the project aims to deliver: “This project will deliver a framework that can serve a similar purpose in other areas.

“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.”



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Notes to Editors:

About Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland manages land and property on behalf of Scottish Ministers. It works with people, businesses and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for the Scotland and its communities. The organisation generates revenue profit which is passed to the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland manages:

  •  37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)
  • Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas
  • Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland
  • Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours
  • Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators
  • The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles
  • Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation which manages the assets on an interim basis until new legislation sets out permanent arrangements.