UK shellfish organizations partner

The Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) and the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers (ASSG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining plans for cooperation in the shellfish industry.

The MOU includes domestic legislation affecting the cultivation of shellfish, European legislation through the European Mollusc Producers Association, activities that impact shellfish cultivation and scientific knowledge that has a bearing on shellfish in the wild, their cultivation and their harvesting.

The associations believe that working together will bring a range of potential benefits to the SAGB and ASSG and their members, including sharing of knowledge and experience and the development and pursuit of common views and approaches.

“The MOU not only provides the opportunity for mutual support and dual representation, it also avoids duplication of effort and cost. As we work more and more with devolved responsibilities, it also gives us a platform to ensure that we have a level playing field across the UK for our members,” said ASSG Chairman Walter Speirs. “While our joint efforts will benefit both organizations, the real winner will be the shellfish cultivation industry.”

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