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หัวข้อ: First offshore mussel farm gets green light
เริ่มหัวข้อโดย: aranya ที่ กันยายน 03, 2010, 06:30:19 PM
First offshore mussel farm gets green light

Friday, September 03, 2010, 00:20 (GMT + 9)

Offshore Shellfish Ltd (OSL) have been granted a lease by The Crown Estate to develop a pioneering offshore rope cultured mussel farm in Lyme Bay, Devon. 
According to the company, the full development will be 15.4 square km in size, making the farm the largest of its kind in Europe.

Work is soon set to begin on a pilot project.

“We are delighted that four years of research and planning have resulted in a successful lease application. This, in combination with the Coastal Protection Act, Section 34 licence issued by the Secretary of State last January, means that we can now forge ahead with our new business.  We view it as an exciting and positive addition to the local and wider UK seafood industry,” said OSL Directors John and Nicki Holmyard, who have extensive experience in the mussel farming industry.

During the planning stage, OSL consulted with industry experts and regulators to ensure that the farm would be a model of environmental good practice. The pilot project includes an extensive monitoring programme, which will be undertaken by the Plymouth Marine Institute.

“The mussels will be grown on ropes suspended above the seabed, which ensures that they are free from grit.  By going offshore, the farm will be well flushed with clean oceanic water that is rich in the plankton on which the mussels feed naturally,” explained John Holmyard

The farm will be developed over a number of years and initially, production will be aimed at the export market. 

Offshore shellfish cultivation is supported by the EU and UK strategies for the development of the aquaculture industry, and also feeds into the UK Government’s food security strategy.  This type of aquaculture uses no artificial feeds, fertilisers or medicines, and is widely viewed as one of the most environmentally sustainable methods of food production.

“The creation of this new industry will bring with it the opportunity for long term sustainable employment at sea and onshore, and offer local people an additional career choice. In addition to direct employment, it will create job opportunities within the ancillary support industries such as transport, engineering and supplies,” stated John.