Loch Ryan oysters up for top award

A LOCH Ryan fishing project, which specialises in sourcing oysters sustainably, has been shortlisted for a top conservation prize.

The Loch Ryan Oyster Fisheries Co Ltd is among six nominees in the running for the Marine Award at RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards.

The competition is a celebration of nature conservation in Scotland, recognising success stories and outstanding achievements made to protect and conserve our stunning natural heritage.

Winners across the six categories will be announced at a special award ceremony at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh in March.

Speaking following their Marine Award nomination, Loch Ryan Oyster Fisheries Manager, Tristan Hugh-Jones said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award. The Native Oysters in Loch Ryan are a rare delicacy, and it is our duty to manage the bed in such a way that we enhance the population for future generations to also enjoy. The skipper and crew on the boat in Loch Ryan, have invested years of work, both fishing and re-seeding the beds, in all weathers since 1996, and this is down to their dedicated work.”

Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, added: “The standard of applicants for this year’s award has been tremendously high. We applaud all our entrants for their efforts to conserve and protect species and habitats throughout Scotland. We look forward to celebrating excellence in nature conservation at the awards ceremony in March and believe the standard set will encourage others in a range of sectors to follow suit.”