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ASSG Conference

26-27 October 2017


The ASSG’s annual conference includes a competition to find Scotland’s best shellfish:


Rock Oyster, Crassostrea gigas

Native Oyster, Ostrea edulis

Mussel, Mytlus edulis


Do you have some to enter?

Shuck it and see?


Competition Format


1. Register your intention to compete, by entering on the form to the left.


2. Bring along a 1kg sample of live mussels (count 60-90/Kg) or 12 live oysters (range 80-120g).


3. Product will be held in chilled storage until 1230 on the 26th October, when the competition takes place.


4. Each mussel sample will be debyssed and cooked over high heat until the shells are open.  No flavourings or additives will be used.


5. Each oyster sample will be presented some unopened and some opened on one plate.


6. The origin of samples will be anonymous to the judges.


Competition Rules


1. All samples must come from registered Scottish farms and be accompanied by a despatch note to ensure traceability, and depuration certificates where necessary


2. Shellfish must be brought to the competition in a chill box to ensure the cool chain is not compromised


3. Competition entrants must be registered as delegates at the conference


4. One entry per registered farm


5. The decision of the judges is final.

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Everything is all set for what once again promises to be a great shellfish conference.  Shellfish aquaculture is a growing part of the Scottish economy and demonstrating the support of the Scottish government, Fergus Ewing, Minister for Rural Economy and Connectivity will be opening the conference at noon on 26th October.


The usual broad range of topics will be discussed;  Ally Dingwall of Sainsbury’s will examine consumer expectations of shellfish, Rod Cappell of Poseidon will report back on findings relating to critical mass to assist the economics of shellfish production.  There will be international input with speakers from France and USA talking on topics as diverse as regulatory controls in different parts of the world and hatchery development.  

The practical aspects highly relevant to shellfish farmers will be covered by reports on satellite tracking of algal blooms and water quality, biosecurity planning, and environmental variables affecting mussel stocks.


The practical applications as practised in Scotland will also feature with reports of the development of the mussel hatchery in Shetland, a report from SAIC on innovation in shellfish production and also how research can help the industry from ARCH UK.


The conference will conclude with a talk on the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group talking on the future aims of the industry and how to bring them about and Seafood Scotland on its promotion.


Not to be missed! – but also with the annual “best shellfish competition”


Booking is open now.


The ASSG is immensely grateful for the sponsorship of Crown Estate Scotland and the co-sponsorship of SeaFish Industry Authority and Marine Scotland without which the conference would not be possible.

"Scottish Cultivated Shellfish – New Horizons"

ASSG Conference Oban 2017 - Charges


ASSG Member day rate £50

Non-ASSG Member day rate £75

Standard trade show stand – including two delegates’ registrations £220

Large trade show stand - including two delegates’ registrations £330

Conference dinner, including service charge and glass of wine £45

Student concession day rate £40