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Killary Fjord Shellfish

Killary Fjord shellfish mussels

Bunowen, Co. Galway

Killary Fjord Shellfish is a family-run shellfish business based on the Killary fjord. Simon Kennedy has been growing mussels here since 1989 and is joined by his ‘wing woman’ Kate O’Connor Kennedy. Simon is considered one of the pioneers of mussel farming on the fjord from all those years ago.

At Killary Fjord Shellfish, they farm blue-shell mussels, also known as the common mussel, on longlines submerged eight metres under water. Killary is an ideal location for growing mussels thanks to the unique combination of fresh and sea water, which gives the Killary mussel a distinctive sweet flavour. It is here on the Fjord that they grow, harvest, grade, depurate and debyss the mussels in their dispatch centre for restaurants and wholesalers. Their farm to fork cycle includes: harvest, depuration, clean, deliver, enjoy! Simon and his family live on the fjord flanking the mussel farm and it is this proximity to the farm that makes their mussels clearly the freshest mussels available locally.

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