Our oysters, Crassostrea Gigas, sourced from our own hatchery, stem genetically from the original brood stock introduced to Ireland in the early 1970s under strict quarantine protocol in collaboration between University College Galway’s Shellfish Research Programme and the U.K. Ministry of Fisheries. The stock was sourced from British Columbian waters, where environmental and climatic conditions match closely those of the Atlantic coast of Ireland.
Its suitability to Ireland’s Atlantic coast was confirmed through a Research and Development programme over a ten year period. A study of the genetics of the stock by the University zoology dept. confirmed excellent breeding potential and also concluded that it differed substantially from the strain being farmed in France.