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Winners Judith Vajk, left, and Douglas Wilson with Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at Highlands and Island Enterprise, who was one of the judges of the competition. HIE also sponsored the prize plates. Photo: FFE
Winners Judith Vajk, left, and Douglas Wilson with Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at Highlands and Island Enterprise, who was one of the judges of the competition. HIE also sponsored the prize plates. Photo: FFE

Scotland’s best mussel and oyster producers of 2018 were chosen by a panel of judges at last week’s Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers conference in the Corran Halls, Oban.

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Judith Vajk of Caldeonian Oysters at Loch Creran collected the plate for best native oysters for the second year in a row. The prize for best Pacific oysters went to Barra Oysters for the first time, and Mull farmer Douglas Wilson – who feature’s in store chain Lidl’s TV advert for their fresh seafood – collected Inverlussa Mussels’ plate for the best mussels.

ASSG executive director Nick Lake said the competition provided a chance for growers to benchmark what they were doing against other people.

A raffle held during the conference to win prizes donated by ASSG members raised £715 for the Oban lifeboat.

The cheque was collected by lifeboat coxswain Richard Johnson and lifeboat station chairman Mike Robertson.

Next year’s conference will be held in Oban on October 31 / November 1.

ASSG executive director Nick Lake, centre, presents a cheque to Oban lifeboat coxswain Richard Johnson, left, and lifeboat station chairman Mike Robertson. Photo: FFE
ASSG executive director Nick Lake, centre, presents a cheque to Oban lifeboat coxswain Richard Johnson, left, and lifeboat station chairman Mike Robertson. Photo: FFE
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