In a great development for our local oyster fishery, the "Fal Oyster', caught using traditional sailing and rowing vessels has now gained the European Union's Protected Denomination of Origin label (PDO) - just like Cornish Pasties and clotted cream!
The PDO label covers agricultural products produced, processed and prepared in a certain geographical area using recognised methods. The Fal oyster is fished using dredges designed way back in the 1700s, towed by sailing or rowing boats with no motor power.
MEP for the South West of England Julie Girling says "This is good news for Cornwall and for the Oyster industry in our region. For a product to gain the PDO label is really testament to its heritage and the work that goes into bringing it to consumers. The importance of the label cannot be underestimated; a PDO supports the 'Fal Oyster' as a premium product and I can't wait to try one next time I'm in Cornwall!"