Oyster farmer calls on chefs‘ support as exports collapse

Achill Oysters owner says getting Irish oysters onto menus here is crucial for the industry as restaurants reopen

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
28th June, 2020
Oyster farmer calls on chefs‘ support as exports collapse
Hugh O’Malley of Achill Oysters on Achill Island, Co Mayo. Picture: Joleen Cronin

One of the country‘s most successful oysters farmers has called on chefs and restaurant owners to support the sector following a collapse in exports due to Covid-19.

Hugh O‘Malley, who owns Achill Oysters on Achill Island, said getting Irish oysters onto the menus of restaurants and gastro-pubs when they reopen tomorrow will be critical in helping the industry survive.

“Before Covid-19, we were sending over two tonnes of oysters to China...

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