Our ethos

The Ethical Shellfish Company will never sell shellfish that has been fished in a way that has caused damage to the marine environment. Hand dived scallops are fished with no damage to the seabed, no waste or bycatch, and small scallops are returned alive to the sea to allow them to grow and spawn. Dive fishermen work from small boats which use very little fuel.

As well as dive-fishing from our own boat in the Isle of Mull for exceptional quality king scallops we buy shellfish from other fishermen whose methods come up to our own stringent standards, which are based on the simple philosophy of respect for the ocean.

Hand dived


Line caught

These are the fishing methods that we support. Other methods of bringing fish to the table may well result in cheaper fish for the chef, but the ultimate cost is to the sea.

We put ethics at the heart of our business. As a result, you can be 100% confident that you are getting what you’re paying for: shellfish that has not come at the expense of the marine environment.