Objective One Fisheries investment helps regeneration of Duchy
of Cornwall oyster farm
Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm has received Objective One
Fisheries investment of over £240,000 towards its regeneration.
The private fishery and oyster beds on the Helford River
in Cornwall have enjoyed a glorious history. The oyster beds
have been tended and farmed for many centuries producing oysters
sought after throughout the UK and abroad. The oysterage thrived
until the Bonamia parasite devastated the native oyster stock
in Helford and the Fal in the early 1980s. The slow recovery
from this disaster meant a dramatic decline in oyster production.
In 2005, Ben Wright and Wright Brothers Oyster Merchants
took a licence of the oysterage with the aim of regenerating
it to its former glory. The investment from the Objective
One Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) fund
will include purchase of a special boat to access all parts
of the oyster beds, cages and racks for oysters, and the upgrade
of the processing building to modern hygienic standards with
new machinery to ensure efficiency and improve product handling
Redevelopment of the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm on the
Helford River will bring many benefits, such as a fishery
management scheme, improved water quality and new local job
opportunities with the prospect of training for new skills.
The project will also bring benefits to the oyster fishermen
in the Fal River helping to safeguard this fishery which is
unique as it is fished only by sailing and rowing. By increasing
the market for Fal oysters, for both re-laying in the Helford
fishery or for marketing nationally and abroad, the company
hopes to make a major contribution to promoting this special
fishery and ensuring its long-term survival.
Ben Wright, managing director of Duchy of Cornwall Oyster
Farm, commented: "The regeneration of the Helford
fishery and oysterage is an extremely ambitious and challenging
project which would not have been possible without Objective
One funding and the expertise and assistance of South West
Pesca. The project will ensure that what was once one of the
classic traditional oyster fisheries of the British Isles
will survive long into the exciting modern era of aquaculture
and sustainable fishing."
Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager
added: "Objective One investment will help this
business to create new employment opportunities producing
high quality products, raising the profile of Cornish aquaculture
and seafood in UK and European markets."
For further information contact Clare Leverton of South West
Pesca on 01872 270333 or email email@example.com.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster
Farm through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance
Ben Wright, Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm
Bulk sales of pacific and native oysters to on-growers and
Sales of depurated pacific and native oysters to wholesalers,
retailers and the public.
Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm and Fishery
Tel: 01326 340210
Fax: 01326 340288
The Objective One Fisheries Programme grants are managed
and partly funded by the Marine and Fisheries Agency, a national
agency of Defra (Department for the Environment and Rural
The Marine and Fisheries Agency is an executive agency of
government which is tasked with service delivery, inspection,
and enforcement provided by the government to the fishing
industry and other marine users in England and Wales.
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