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About
Mumbles oyster company

The Mumble Oyster Company was formed with the sole purpose of the sustainable
cultivation and restoration of native oysters at Mumbles.
We have a strong ethical bias at Mumbles Oysters having set out to lead the way in sustainable native oyster cultivation. Our company principles:
  • To consider the marine environment in all our activities from seed sourcing to harvest and beyond,
  • To produce the highest quality produce using innovative techniques,
  • To provide support and opportunities to researchers interested in oyster restoration and cultivation,
  • To work with the local community in order to maximise the collective benefits of a restored oyster fishery and to ensure that our operations do not affect theirs.

Dr Andy Woolmer

Andy moved to Swansea 20 years ago to study marine biology at Swansea University where he gained a PhD. He became increasingly interested in oyster restoration through his work with the shellfish industry and conservation groups. He now combines his love of the sea with his passion for good food with his aim to produce beautiful fresh oysters.

Fenton Duke (Skipper)

Fen has been fishing since he was 12 years old which was a while ago. After leaving the Royal Marines where he was injured walking off a mountain, he took up fishing full-time as a marginally safer career and has been involved in oyster fisheries in one form or another ever since. Fen skippers the 30ft F/V Emily Rose which we use for relaying, survey and monitoring, and eventually harvesting.

James Wilson

James comes from a family of fishermen and shellfish farmers; it really is in his blood. Sharing our vision for sustainable cultivation, he provides wider shellfish industry expertise to the team. James is an advocate for shellfish and is always happy to share his enthusiasm for eating them. According to James eating oysters makes him feel ‘ebullient’.

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Location

The Mumbles Oyster Company's 35 hectare oyster farm (legally designated under a Several Order) is located off Mumbles at the western extent of Swansea Bay. The site covers an area of derelict oyster beds due east of Mumbles Pier and Lifeboat Station, and west of the main Swansea port fairway.

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