November 9, 2016


Exhibition showcases Irish oysters


Irish oysters were showcased in a recent exhibition in County Sligo, Ireland.


Mounted by the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), or Irish Sea Fisheries Board, and Lissadell House, the exhibition- dubbed "Taste the Atlantic–A Seafood Journey"-was attended by over 45 oyster producers.


The exhibition followed the successful launch of the "Surf Coast" route of Taste the Atlantic in Lissadell House last June. This dedicated seafood trail, developed by BIM and Failte Ireland, aims to educate visitors and Irish consumers as to how Irish seafood is caught and farmed.


From Donegal town to Erris in County Mayo, the Surf coast trail includes five new seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants and joins the already successful "Bay coast" route launched last year from Erris to Galway Bay with six producers and 28 restaurants.


Lissadell has a long tradition in oyster  farming as far back as the 1850s. Attracting more than 50,000 visitors every year, the "Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey" oyster exhibition further profiles the seafood trail and build an appreciation for the provenance and quality of Irish oysters.


Richard Donnelly, BIM's Aquaculture Business Development Manager explains: "We, in BIM, are delighted to partner with Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh of Lissadell House to develop an informative oyster exhibition that will educate both Irish and international visitors on the provenance and superior craftsmanship involved in farming quality Irish oysters".


Donnelly said that Irish oysters, worth over €38 million (US$42.17 million) at first point of sale, are sought after worldwide and "it's an industry we can be very proud of".
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