Rock Oysters, Native Oysters, Frozen at sea Langoustine, Frozen at sea Fish, Mussels, Scallops, Lobster
Sourcing artisan-produced seafood from the coast of Ireland.
Achill Oysters is a fifth generation business harvesting award-winning rock oysters from the vibrant waters surrounding Achill Island. As a result, you can truly taste the sea in every mouthful.
Achill Oysters process, pack and export oysters from its own farm as well as some of the best farms in Ireland.
Key Sustainability Commitments
Raw Material Sourcing
- Ensure compliance with the law and those higher or voluntary standards to which we subscribe including ECOPACT and Origin Green.
- Promote the production of high quality oysters rather than maximising production.
- Continue to improve our environmental performance within the framework of key strategic objectives for financial performance, customer, employees and the local community.
- Use natural processes, natural substances and mechanical methods in preference to chemically synthetic substances
- Observe responsible use and conservation of water resources and all life therein
- Reduce waste, conserve energy and maximise opportunities for re-use and recycling, while minimising the use of non-renewable resources
- Promote use of renewable resources in production and processing systems, avoiding pollution and waste
- Minimise the use of chemically synthesised substances and synthetic processes and use only where alternatives are unavailable
- Exclude the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
- Ensure that employees are aware of the company’s environmental policy and of their own responsibilities and promote a culture in which all employees contribute to the implementation of this policy;
- Actively promote and improve the amenity of the area in which we operate by working together with all other operators, and relevant governmental and non-governmental bodies;
- Engage and listen to the concerns of our customers, employees, neighbours and the wider community including visitors to the area, remaining alert and responsive to developing issues
- Create awareness within the company of protected areas in and around the areas that we work.
Unique Selling Points
Achill Oysters produce seafood from the West Coast of Ireland traced right back to the beach, the fisherman and the farmer.
Awards & Accreditations
- Euro-toques Ireland Excellence Award
- 75% of polystyrene boxes to be replaced with sustainable packaging by 2020.
- Improve delivery fuel efficiency.
- Reuse of 100% shells on road maintenance commencing April 2016.
Achill Oysters was established in 2014 at Saile Bay, Achill Island in Co. Mayo, fulfilling a long held ambition by owner Hugh O’Malley to establish a business in the sector. The drive for sustainability has been undertaken while at the same time receiving the recognition by Euro-Toques Ireland for excellence in the quality of their oysters.
Achill Oysters differentiates itself through high quality production, delivered on a low cost base, using abundant natural resources. The company employs one full-time person and four part-time people on a seasonal basis. Grading is done by hand, creating more employment and reducing energy use, compared to alternative systems.
Saile Bay has Class A waters and the company is committed to supporting and maintaining this status. In recognition of this, Achill Oysters received ECOPACT certification in May 2016. In support of environmentally sound business practices, the company is committed to:
- Full compliance with the law and relevant voluntary standards;
- Support and training of employees to fulfil the company’s environmental policy;
- Continued improvement of environmental performance;
- Reducing waste, conserving energy and exploring new opportunities for re-use and recycling;
- Actively taking part in shore clean-up operations; and,
- Actively promoting and improving the local area by engaging with relevant governmental and non-governmental bodies, as well as the local community.
In day-to-day activities this is reflected by maintaining well-organised farming and storage areas; not using fresh water or electricity in farming operations; keeping waste generation to a minimum; reusing equipment where possible; and taking active steps to reduce secondary packaging.
Origin Green in action
Achill Oysters’ vision of participation in Origin Green centres on creating a viable differentiated business which is self-financing. In taking actions to increase competitiveness and grow market share, it will also focus on employee care, training and support, enhanced relationships with the local community, and continued stewardship of the local environment.
Target areas for action include raw material sourcing, the manufacturing process and social responsibility. By 2020, 75% of gross weight product will be delivered in sustainable packaging rather than polystyrene boxes. Also over a five-year period, the company plans to improve fuel efficiency by using couriers where possible to minimise mileage on delivery vehicles. Usage of couriers per unit of output will rise from 5% in 2015 to 25% in 2020. Beginning in 2016, the target of 100% empty oyster shells being reused for road maintenance has been achieved and will be sustained.
In addition, Achill Oysters will undertake a full risk-assessment in cooperation with the BIM to protect local biodiversity from alien invasive species
As a new company, Achill Oysters recognises the importance of being involved in and giving back to the community. The company provides sponsorship to Parkmore RFC. In 2015 participated in the BIM seafood festival Seafest and in 2016 participated in the Purteen maritime festival and the Mountbellew Agricultural Show. Farm visits are also encouraged.
All grading takes place on the shoreline, with access to the site through a traditional bog road. Rather than using tarmac to update this surface, the company is instead committed to maintaining this single access route through traditional methods, in keeping with the ethos of the company and the needs of the local environment.