After more than ten years of oyster farming on the Helford River, the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm Company will close its operations from 2017. The business has operated from Duchy premises since 2005.
Talks about the future of the oyster farm began earlier this year with the Duchy wishing to reclaim the site in Port Navas whilst the occupant looked to focus on their wholesale and restaurant business.
By mutual agreement, the premises, including the buildings and quay will be returned to Duchy management by April next year. The occupant will sell all existing stock and ensure the site is in a suitable condition for the cultivation of native oysters in the future.
Chris Gregory, Land Steward for the Duchy of Cornwall said:
“The joint decision of the Duchy and the occupant to end the Helford oyster farming agreement provides us with an opportunity to consider how the oysterage is used in the future. We look forward to doing that in conjunction with the local community, over the course of the coming months.”
A spokesperson for Wright Brothers, the owner of the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm Company said:
“It has been an amazing 11 years in a very special part of Cornwall. We are very proud of what we have achieved, notably creating 8 full-time, year-round jobs and contributing well over £1m to the local economy. We are sad that this has come to an end but we shall now focus on our restaurants and wholesale businesses and we continue to work closely with oyster farmers all over the UK, Europe and America.”