We understand that the Oyster Unit/Factory was leased to a Mr Ben Wright in about 2004 following the ending of the lease to the Hodges family who had managed the traditional oyster farm for about 90 years. Contact details:
Mr Ben Wright
Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm & Fishery
Cornwall. TR11 5RJ.
Telephone - 01326 340210
PORT NAVAS QUAY and the OYSTER UNIT are owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and leased to the current tenant. The Duchy of Cornwall seem unwilling to involve themselves with the problems caused both in the Helford River and at Port Navas Quay and its environs. The Duchy of Cornwall have a public committment to responsible stewardship of their land and the environment which they control. Contact details:
Mr Bertie Ross (Secretary and Keeper of the Records*)
Duchy of Cornwall
10 Buckingham Gate
London. SW1E 6LA
* Chief Executive
The Environmental Impacts of The Pacific Oysters:
Click on the links below for a series of documents, produced by environmental experts, about the impact of the Oyster farming in the region:
- Nehls, Diederich, Thieltges & Strasses examine the invasion of the Wadden Sea mussel beds by oysters.
- Shellfish News examines the impact of Pacific Oysters in Devon.
- The Wildlife Trust expresses concern about the oysters in the region in a letter to Julia Goldsworthy MP.
Oyster Equipment and Potential Impact on the Helford Special Area of Conservation:
The website has been sent photographs taken during November 2009 of two pieces of equipment on Port Navas Quay. We understand these are a Dredge and a Harrow (see below). The website would like an explanation of their purpose, in particular: Have these pieces of equipment been used for example in the Helford Special Area of Conservation (SAC)? We understand that dredging for scallops was banned in the Fal/Helford SAC by a Government Order.