Over the last few years we have been involved in the Glenmorangie DEEP project in Scotland. This project is restoring a Native Oyster reef to the Dornoch Firth. So together with others involved in this project we have created a spin out company called The Native Oyster & Shellfish Company Ltd.
Our involvement in the DEEP project has highlighted to all of us the importance of sustainability and the developing concept of the circular economy.
The Circular Economy
It has become clear to us that the growing of oysters is an activity that promotes and protects the environment in which it is carried out. Not only do the oysters clean the water and provide and restore habitat, there is now evidence that they also act as a carbon sink. Added to that shellfish aquaculture is also one of the few environmentally sustainable ways of producing protein for people to eat.
This has empowered us as a group as to the value of shellfish aquaculture in general, and to the need to save the Native oyster from extinction. in particular. Yes we are a business but something has changed, our future is now tied into that of the Native oyster and its restoration.
A Sustainable Future
This change in perspective has also led us to start thinking about the other parts of our business and how we work. A key area of focus has been packaging, and We are very proud of the fact that we, with our partner Smurfit Kappa, have been able to develop a box delivery system that is made of 100% recyclable cardboard. As far as we are aware, this is a first for the seafood industry, and permits us to avoid using polystyrene, which in our view is a blight to society.
So we aim to use this company to drive forward our restoration efforts with the Native oyster and hopefully sell a few Scottish oysters as well!
We have recently launched a new website:
We aim to use this company to drive forward our restoration efforts with the Native oyster and hopefully sell a few Scottish oysters as well!