Dozen Cornish Native ‘Fal Oyster’

Dozen Cornish Native ‘Fal Oyster’

£18.00

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NOW IN-SEASON – AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Cornish Native Oysters or ‘Fal Oysters’ are wild native oysters found on the sea and river bed of the Fal Estuary and are famed for their distinctive sweet, fresh and delicate flavour.

  • In-Season & Native
  • Supplied Dozen Live

NOW IN-SEASON - AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Cornish Native Oysters or 'Fal Oysters' are wild native oysters found on the sea and river bed of the Fal Estuary and are famed for their distinctive sweet, fresh and delicate flavour.

  • Should be stored in a fridge
  • Not suitable to freeze
  • Please consume oysters according to the use by date or within 2 days of delivery
  • Supplied Dozen Live - Native Oysters

For centuries, Cornish families have derived their livelihood from oyster dredging in the Carrick Roads and surrounding rivers. Many of the oyster boats, known as Falmouth Working Boats were built at boatyards around the Fal, with some of the oldest boats in the Oyster Fishery dating back as far as 1860.

This is a natural and wild fishery where the oysters are not cultured or bred. There is a small amount of husbandry of the wild and natural beds as during the process of fishing the substrate (cultch) is moved by the dredge which keeps the fishery in good condition, and also occasional extra dredging of the beds without harvesting (described as harrowing), further improves the oyster beds and encourages a good spatfall (young oysters to settle).

Perhaps the most sustainable fishery in the world, the Fal River Oyster Fishery (officially known as the Fal Fishery), is the last oyster fishery in Europe harvested under sail by Europe’s last commercial sailing fleet. Here on the River Fal 'Fal Oysters' (oystera edulis) have been harvested in more or less the same, highly-sustainable fashion, without the use of mechanical power, for more than 500 years. This method is unique and is not repeated anywhere else in the world.

By Sail: The fishing method uses small dredges which are towed by the tide across the sea bed. Following historic and traditional methods the dredges are towed by sailing or rowing boats and there is no motor power used to gather Fal Oysters. Considerable skill is required in sailing the vessel at the same time as working the dredges. The dredges are hauled up by hand.

By Oar: At the chosen spot, the fisherman drops an anchor and a buoy over the bow, then rows astern and lowers the dredge over the stern. He then hauls himself forward using the handle. Once at the buoy, he hauls in the dredge by hand.

The oyster season starts on the 1st October and closes on the 31st March, the working hours are 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. The oysters are wild and propagate naturally, consequently the stock size fluctuates form season to season and in order to prevent over-fishing a minimum size of 67mm is imposed and the Carrick Council oyster bailiff is responsible for policing it. All dredgermen must be licensed.

The Fal Oysters also carry Protected Designation of Origin certification.

Additional information

Weight 0.500 kg

1 review for Dozen Cornish Native ‘Fal Oyster’

  1. Alex Jones

    Gorgeous! Arrived in perfect condition and tasted absolutely beautiful and fresh. Customer service excellent. Highly recommended

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