As restaurants and gastro pubs prepare to re-open; Achill Oysters, a successful oyster producer, is urging restaurants to include local oysters and seafood on their menus to help offset the economic impact of COVID-19.
Achill Oysters produce premium Irish rock oysters for the domestic and international market.
Hugh O'Malley is the owner and farmer of Achill Oysters and says pre covid-19 their international business was thriving.
They were exporting over two tonnes of oysters to China every week on top of orders to Singapore, Taiwan, the UK, Iceland and the Netherlands.
The company has seen a 80% drop in export sales but Hugh is confident the industry will recover.
Until then, he says there is an opportunity to work with restaurants to grow the domestic oyster market and in doing so, directly and indirectly support Irish businesses.