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Northern Irish oyster firm scoops supply deal with Hong Kong distributor

An expansion is on the cards for the company as it is already operating 'at full capacity.'

Northern Ireland oyster farmer Rooney Fish scooped a business contract with a leading but unnamed seafood distributor in Hong Kong, it announced.

Rooney Fish began supplying its Mill Bay Pacific Oysters to the distributor for high-end hotels and restaurants in Hong Kong, following other similar contracts in the supply of crabs to other China hubs.

The farmer is one of Northern Ireland’s largest seafood processors and also operates fishing trawlers.

“Oyster farming is a new diversification which we launched in our own site on north Carlingford Lough, one of the cleanest stretches of water in the British Isles just three years ago,” said Andrew Rooney, director of Rooney Fish.

The company farms oysters in a site stretching more than 18 acres and has plans to develop another site.

“We need to expand because we are currently operating at full capacity. Every oyster currently produced is sold either to customers in France and now Hong Kong,” Rooney said.

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