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Following in the footsteps of Stilton cheese and Cornish clotted cream, oysters gathered from the river Fal have been awarded European Union protection status.

This means that Fal Oyster Ltd have been cleared to claim PDO (protected designation of origin) status. The status covers food that is "produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how". Essentially, this means that certain produce can only be identified as coming from a certain place if they actually originate there.

What makes the fishery so special is the fact that the fishermen and women who gather the oysters from the river still do so using only sail or oar to power their boats. Initially, the EU agreed that Fal oysters were worth of PDO status back in 2013, but difficulties meant that it has taken until now for the claim to be verified.

Chris Ranger, who runs Fal Oyster Ltd has praised the oysters he collects and their distinctive flavour. He said the spot where the oysters thrive the most is where salt and freshwater meet, which contributes a great deal to their taste.

A recent survey across the UK about perceptions of food and drink in Cornwall found that seafood is the number one thing people associate with the area, so this fantastic news will help to cement the status of fresh produce found so close to our Fowey hotel!

Photo courtesy of the Local People on Flickr, under Creative Commons

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