Cornish Oysters - Phase 10

by Ranger Fal Oyster in Falmouth

Cornish Oysters - Phase 10

To gather the "delicious" but invasive Cornish Fal Rock Oysters from the Fal Estuary and hopefully the Helford too!

by Ranger Fal Oyster in Falmouth

We did it
On 5th July 2017 we successfully raised £120 with 3 supporters in 14 days

NEWS FLASH!

We have confirmed our next two Pop Up's where you can enjoy your oysters: 

Enys Garden FOOD JAM coming up in a week on 8-9 July 10am til 8pm

Port Eliot Festival THE WALLED GARDEN SEAFOOD BAR and the dates are 27-31 July

 

This is 'Phase 10' because this is my 10th year as an oyster gatherer (fisherman) on the Fal Estuary

I restored a 50 year old wooden oyster boat called Alf Smythers in 2008 (as seen in Beruit Band The Rip Tide Official) and then set up Cornish Native Oysters in 2009 so I could process and sell direct to the top oyster bars in the UK. I have supplied most of them at some point: Bentley's, Hix, Scott's etc. but occaisional courier problems, non payment for goods delivered or 90 day terms and poor value for a truly unique product 'Fal Oyster' (Native/European/Flat Oyster - Ostrea Edulis) meant I had to think outside the box!

In 2013 the Fal Oyster gained the Protected Designation of Origin status, joining 64 Protected Food Names in the UK: Molten Mulberry Pork Pie, Stilton Cheese, Cornish Pasty, Cornish Sardines, Cornish Clotted Cream etc. In Cornwall we have 4, 2 of which are PGI (produce, process OR package) and two are PDO (produce, process AND package) - Fal Oyster is right up there with Cornish Clotted Cream and Champagne!!

In 2014 I designed and commissioned a stunning high spec pop up oyster bar from a 20ft shipping container - Ostraca Pop Up (meaning oyster shell with writing on) was launched at a Pop Up Gatherings event and then went on to appear at: Rock Oyster Festival, Falmouth Oyster Festival Fringe on Customs House Quay, Truro Piazza and for the past two summer appeared as a resident Pop Up on Carlyon Beach St Austell selling Porthilly Rocks as the Fal Oyster is seasonal (September-April).

Sadly, someone else has taken the pitch this summer so I find myself 'becalmed' with no wind in the sails... I have sought advice as to the role of a sole director/employee and so everything is for sale in the hope of funding the big clean up of Fal Rocks, we may downsize, or if a business partner comes along we will look at the next phase, but if I can reach the target I do not need to sell anything and I can focus on both the fishery and the pop up...

I have also been an elected member of the Fal Fishery Management Committee since its inception in 2014. The committee were responcible for the new Regulatory Order for the public fishery on the Fal Estuary and we (licensed fishermen) are only allowed to fish in an SAC as the methods we use (hand, sail & oar) haven't changed for centuries. The environment and its special features have been created by the low impact of drifting with the tide and using the wind to control the boats direction, but its not only the environment that needs protecting, its the ethical food chain too!! I have applied to manage the Helford Oyster Fishery, but this may need another Crowd Fund Project when we prove this is successfull... 

However, in recent years we (the committee and licensed fishermen) have seen a massive increase in the  population of wild Fal Rock Oysters (Pacific Oysters Crassostrea Gigus) and being a licensed gatherer, having approved premises, authorised to operate and having succesfully amended the classification for harvesting to ensure the tracability and health mark are gurenteed I now need your help to extract the invasive species from the fishery before they take over the natural wild native oyster beds!

Pledge to help clean up so I can pay a fair wage to other licensed fishermen...

Pledge to purchase and try these delicious plump Fal Rocks either at one of our pop ups, in our own restaurant or at home...

Pledge to host a Pop Up Gathering and we will bring the crew, the menu and the venue to a special place near you...

Pledge to support the long term aims so we can recruit and employ the next generation of responcible fishermen and women...

 

Why £5k? Why not £25k? you can pledge as little or as much as you like, we need far more from the crowd, but it helps us make a start - Minimum Wage for one person is £15k PA - I have not paid myself for years and I do have a hernia operation due soon, so presuming no-one else works for nothing I will need some help hand gathering at the low tides for the next few months, then grading and processing plus the testing to ensure quality of the oysters and I also need to wait up to 90 days to get paid just 45p for each oyster from wholesalers. Your pledges will help pay in advance while we get paid in arrears, it will help book our Pop Up's and ensure we can continue to work on protecting our fishery by recruiting others. The more I can raise the more I can do so £50k would be my dream target - that's just 1000 x £50 pledges!  

To be continued...

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

Pledge £2 to buy 1 Fal Rock Oyster at any of our Pop Up's (print your pledge and just show up)

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Pledge £5 to buy 3 Fal Rock Oysters at any of our Pop Up's (print your pledge and just show up anytime)

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Pledge £10 to buy 3 Cooked Fal Rock Oysters, try tempura and wasabi mayo or Kilpatrick... (print your pledge and just show up anytime when we are cooking)

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Pledge to post your other pledge(s) and we will send them to any UK address on a 24hr delivery. Subject to availability

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Pledge £20 for a dozen Fal Rocks, to be collected from Mylor or at one of our Pop Up's. We can also post them to you but please pledge for the postage too as the courier cost are quite high for 24hr tracked delivery!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Framed Shells: we will ask our local framer to present a few shells in a frame, one European and one Pacific so you can see the difference Please note we can send this if you can pledge for postage but it will take a little longer than 24hrs to produce

£25 or more

£25 Reward

British Fizz and 6 oysters: served naturally with a 100ml flute of Camel Valley* (* must be +18)

£25 or more

£25 Reward

£20 Voucher for oysters redeemable at any of our Pop Up's or from our base in Mylor

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Voucher with 10% discount off all oysters on our menu, voucher redeemable at any of our Pop Up's or from our base at Mylor for anything on the menu. Subject to availabilty

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Masterclass for two persons including: oyster opening class, Fruites der Mer seafood platter, a bottle of Camel Valley* and tour of our base in Mylor (* must be +18)

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Pop Up at yours: we can come to an event or party with 50 oysters and all the trimmings, we will open them for you and your guests but please note this is subject to availability and within Cornwall ONLY

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Pop Up at ours: are you a budding chef or great cook? maybe a independent food producer wanting to have your own Pop Up event... Pledge to Pop Up in our kitchen and show us what you can do with oysters and other produce

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

VIP Dining Party for 4 persons in our own unique Pop Up Restaurant, that's right we will reserve a top table for you at one of our Pop Up's and serve you the finest seafood and wines* all produced in Cornwall (* must be +18)

£2,500 or more

£2,500 Reward

Full Pop Up Restaurant brought to you for any 1 day wedding, event or party, we will supply 1000 oysters and open them for you and your guests. Please note this does not include any other food or drink which will be available to purchase separately and is subject to availability and terms and conditions. Offer for Cornwall ONLY unless travel costs are agreed in advance.

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