Photography credit: Shell Royster
Welcome to Killary Fjord Shellfish
Killary Fjord Shellfish is a family run shellfish business based on the Killary fjord. Simon has been growing mussels here since 1989 and he is considered one of the pioneers of mussel farming on the fjord all those years ago.
Our range of delicious shellfish - depending on availability
Common name Blue Mussels
Latin name Mytulis Edulis
The Blue mussel (Mytulis edulis), a species native to Irish waters, is one of the main species cultivated by the Irish aquaculture Industry. It thrives in the cold temperature waters of the Irish coast.
Common Name Oysters
Latin Name Crassostrea gigas
These are cultivated Rock oysters sourced from local oyster growers in the West coast of Ireland. The oval frilly-shelled Pacific oyster, was introduced into Ireland about 40 years ago due to a decline of the native stocks and is now the main species in Ireland. Like mussel farming, oyster cultivation is a benign form of aquaculture as the oysters take their nourishment naturally from the sea – a process that depends on the highest quality water for its success.
Common Name Surf Clam
Latin name Spisula Solida
Wild surf clams are sourced from Galway Bay or locally. Surf clams are cream in colour and have a triangular shaped shell. They are a small clam species very popular in the Italian dish Spaghetti Vongole.
Common name Razor Clam
Latin name Ensis ensis
Our wild razor clams are sourced in West of Ireland. A razor clam has two valves which are held together by a strong ligament along one side. The ends are open like a tube and the flesh within is firm and white. They are smooth and tasty when properly prepared. They can be used in chowder or baked. They are ideal for smoking or simply add to a shellfish soup or paella. Similar to cooking squid, it is best not to overcook them, as it will become leathery. The rule of thumb is fast and furious or long and slow. Some prefer to eat them raw.
Our farm to fork cycle
Who we are
Simon KennedyThe Mussel Farmer
Kate O'Connor KennedyWing Woman
At Killary Fjord Shellfish we farm blue-shell mussels also known as the common mussel on longlines submerged 8 meters 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 we grow, harvest, grade, depurate and debyss the mussels in our dispatch centre for local restaurants and wholesalers in the West of Ireland. 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.