5 December, 2008
MEMBERS of the Shetland Islands Tourist Guides Association have been given an
insight into mussel farming during a tour of facilities at North Atlantic
Shellfish, in Walls.
Tour guides found that holiday makers increasingly asked about mussel lines in
Shetland's voes and wanted to broaden their knowledge of the industry.
The tour involved a boat trip to their sites in West Burrafirth, where the
guides were able to see the various stages of the mussel life cycle, followed by
a visit to the company's grading and washing facility and culminating with a
plate of freshly cooked shellfish.
Company managing director Michael Tait said: "With every guide seeing around 500
tourists each summer, we felt it was a good exercise to arm them with first hand
knowledge of what we do to produce our top quality mussels."
Tourist guide Catriona Anderson added: "It will certainly make a huge difference
to what we'll tell our guests next year about mussel farming and, equally, the
enthusiasm with which we'll speak about it in the future."