Working from their base on Exmouth Docks this small innovative company has developed unique equipment to farm the fast flowing river Exe. By doing away with dredges and using a self-fluidising elevator, the shellfish are teased from their muddy beds without impact on the stone layers beneath. Minimal disturbance and constant re-seeding allows the high density of fish, crabs and sponges that build up on these “underwater rainforests” to be maintained.
Matt Watson, MSC’s English Fisheries Outreach Officer says: “I’m really pleased to congratulate the Exmouth Mussel Company on receiving their MSC certification. This is fantastic news as it is a well-managed fishery run by a company that prides itself on protecting the local environment in which it operates. By using machinery that creates minimal disturbance, the Exmouth Mussel Company can protect the wide variety of marine life in the area, including fish, crabs and sponges.”
The River Exe is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation, a National & Local Nature Reserve and a RAMSAR site! Needless to say, many needs have to be taken into consideration when fishing and farming shellfish in the same area ...read more
The River Exe is a deep, fast flowing river that has an all year round “B” Grade Classification, meaning that it is safe to eat the shellfish grown in its waters provided it has been depurated (or purified) first. The classification is maintained by independent testing carried out on regularly by East Devon District Council...read more