The Hugh-Jones family have been farming high quality, sustainable shellfish since 1969, when David Hugh-Jones set out in his Transit van to realise his dreams of becoming an oyster farmer.
The Rossmore oyster beds are in an idyllic remote location, nestled in an enclosed warm inlet of Cork harbour and protected by fertile mud banks on either side, which ensure warm and shallow waters ideal for oyster breeding. A regular flow of nutrient-rich water guarantees a bountiful supply of food for our oysters to grow, and the unique conditions of the bed provide the ideal growing environment.
David soon established an innovative and successful native oyster breeding programme, and in 1987 also began producing rock oysters, using 22 man-made ponds to assist in their growth. His unique breeding system, combined with radical new farming techniques, and a strict adherence to excellent water quality, had immediate results: hundreds of tonnes of oysters were grown each year, and sold around the world.
Today the farm is run by his sons Tristan and Rupert, who were both born at Rossmore and have the same passion for the sea.
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