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By Fiona Reid

SCOTLAND'S native oyster season opened on Sunday, with the landing of the first Loch Ryan oysters of the season.

A two week race is now on to gather a tonne of native oysters, approx. 10,000, most of which will be enjoyed by the thousands of visitors travelling to Stranrarer Oyster Festival, taking place September 13-15 and headlined by Scotland’s spice king Tony Singh.

Famously native oysters can only be harvested in months with an ‘R’ in them, avoiding the summer breeding season.
Pictured above aboard the “Vital Spark”, a Stranraer based fishing vessel gathering the first oyster haul of the season, are Allan Jenkins, left, project manager for Stranraer Development Trust, and Vital Spark captain and fisherman Rab Lamont.

Photograph: Colin Hattersley


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