An exhibition showcasing oyster farming in the northwest has opened at Lissadel House, Sligo, where the tradition goes back to the 1850s. 

‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey, follows the ‘Surf Coast’ route of Taste the Atlantic launched in June – a dedicated seafood trail developed by BIM and Failte Ireland.

Lissadell oysters

Richard Donnelly, BIM; Tom Conneely, Failte Ireland, Constance Cassidy, Lissadell House and Charlie Kelly, Wild Atlantic Shellfish 

From Donegal town to Erris in Co Mayo, the trail aims to educate visitors how seafood is caught and farmed. Five seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants join six producers and 28 restaurants of the ‘Bay coast’ route from Erris to Galway Bay.

Richard Donnelly, BIM’s aquaculture business development manager explains that provenance and quality are showcased along the trail:

“We’re delighted to partner with Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh of Lissadell House to develop an informative oyster exhibition that will educate both Irish and international visitors on the provenance and superior craftmanship involved in farming quality Irish oyster.”

At first point of sale, Irish oysters are worth €38m.

Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey