Scotland has a long history of native oyster cultivation, but overfishing has affected production. Now Glenmorangie has stepped in to revive a reef in Dornoch Firth Bay, to provide a habitat for the ‘Ostrea edulis’ to thrive.
The Pacific oyster is dominating the shellfish category in Scotland. There are around 30 pacific oyster businesses within Scotland, with 61% of Scotland’s farmed oysters coming from Strathclyde.
Native oysters target a strong niche market, but only one business, based in Loch Ryan, currently produces the native oyster species on a commercial scale in Scotland.
One way to re-establish oyster cultivation in Scotland is to rescue the reef and increase biodiversity.