Waitrose Mull Oysters
Euan was commissioned by Waitrose to go Dervaig on the Isle Of Mull to capture Nick and Gordon Turnbull, two of the only oyster farmers on the West Coast of Scotland.
In an area where sea eagles glide over pristine lochs, Gordon Turnbull’s father Nick and his business partner set up Isle of Mull Oysters in the early 1990s. After 20 years the business has grown steadily and now stands alone with Gordon at the helm.
It takes 3-4 years to produce the gigas oyster from seed. The oysters are started on the deep site before moving them to the beach where the flow of the inner loch, through the narrows and strong tides, ensures a good clean productive growing environment. One half of the beach is hard gravel and estuarine, the other shell sand and salty. The oysters are moved across this environment in an effort to produce the best quality oyster.