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ASSG Conference, 4-5 October 2018

Coran Halls, Oban


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 registering for the conference, and clicking the box to make an entry.


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 1200 on the 4th 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, and must be members of the ASSG or Seafood Shetland.


4. One entry per registered farm


5. The decision of the judges is final.

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ASSG Conference Oban 2018 - Charges


Non-member both days £150 / Member £100

Non Member one day £75 / Member £50

Student rate £20 /day

Trade show stand – including two delegates’ registrations £250, (double stand, £350)

(Extra places for delegates charged at £75)

Conference dinner, £45

Student concession day rate £20

Day 1 - October 4th Corran Halls


11:30      Open for Delegate Registration


12:00     Conference Welcome

Nick Lake – Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers

Conference Opening


12:10     Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform


12:30     (Start of judging)Best Scottish Shellfish - Competition Awards Sponsored by HIE

Judges – Nicki Holmyard; John Ogden; Elaine Jamieson; Jenny Hjul

MOC - Stephen Cameron SSMG


12:45     Buffet Lunch


Conference Session 1 - Social and Environmental Perspectives


14:15 - 14:45     Shellfish and the Health of the Nation

Baukje de Roos - Rowett Research Institute


14:50 – 15:15     Environmental Benefits of Native Oyster Production

Morven Robertson – Blue Marine Foundation


15:20 - 15:40Tea / Coffee


Conference Session 2 - The International Picture


15:40 – 16:05  Swedish Mussel Production and Seed Supply

Asa Strand – Swedish Institute for Research


16:10 - 16:35     The Spanish Cultivation Industry Perspective

Martina Ferreira Novio – ANFACO, Vigo, Pontevedra


16:40 – 17:00     Oyster Developments in Australia

Gary Seidel – Hexacyl and Col Bridges- Smart Oyster


17:05 - 18:15     Tea / Coffee


17:15 - 17:45     ASSG AGM for Members


19:00 for 19:30     Annual Dinner + Awards Presentations!

Best Scottish Shellfish - Competition Awards Sponsored by HIE

Fishouse Restaurant, The Railway Pier, Oban

Tickets at £45 per head

(Book early as restricted availability!)



Day 2 - October 5th


08:45     Trade Stands and Discussions


09:00 - 09:10     Conference Welcome

Nick Lake – Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers


Opening Address

09:15 – 09:35     The Role of Crown Estate Scotland

Amanda Bryan – Chair, Crown Estate Scotland


Conference Session 3 - Environment and Stewardship


09:40 - 10:05     Shellfish Production and Ecosystem Services

Adam Hughes – SAMS / UHI Aquaculture Hub


10:10 – 10:35     Management of Irish Mussel Seed Stocks

Nicolas Chopin – BIM Ireland


10:40 – 11:05     Water Quality and the Role of Shellfish

Matthew Service – AFBINI Northern Ireland


Conference Session 4 - Scottish Industry Developments


11:30 - 11:50     Shellfish Research and the Future Outlook

Richard Slaski – SARF Executive Director


11:55 - 12:15     Mussel Seed – Constraints and Opportunities

Gregg Arthur / Michael Tait – SSMG / Shetland Mussel Hatchery


12:20 - 12:30     Engagement with the UK Shellfish Sector – How can Targeted Philanthropy Help?

Eleanor Adamson – Programme Manager, Science / Strategy


12:35 – 12:55     Development Support and Businesses

Elaine Jamieson – HIE, Head of Food and Drink Policy


13:00 - 13:05     Conference Closing Remarks

Nick Lake – Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers


13:10 - 14:30     Buffet Lunch

Trade Stands and Discussions

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