The European Commission has confirmed that Isle of Man Queenies had been awarded European Union ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ status. This award means that queenies landed elsewhere or that do not meet the highest standards cannot claim to be Isle of Man Queenies.
Phil Gawne MHK, Minister for Farming and Fisheries commented:
“I am delighted to see this status being awarded by the European Commission, reflecting the unique quality of Isle of Man Queenies. The Isle of Man has traditionally had a very different approach to queen scallops to that seen elsewhere, concentrating efforts on producing the very best quality product that reflects the care we take from the net to the plate with this product. Unique is a word that is very much over-used in this day and age, but the awarding of PDO status confirms that in this instance Isle of Man Queenies really are unique, and not to be confused with lower quality product produced elsewhere. Our processors and fishermen should be genuinely proud of this achievement.”
Nick Pledger of Island Shellfish commented:
“I am extremely pleased to see this status being awarded by the European Commission, reflecting the unique quality of Isle of Man Queenies. to Manx fishermen and processors have made great efforts to ensure that we place only the best quality queenies on the market, that reflect the fact we have a day fishery, for trawl caught queenies, that are suitable for hand processing and provide the highest meat yields. These queenies are larger than those landed elsewhere, are processed within a day of being landed, and unlike many scallops available on international markets have no added water. It is great that we will now be formally able to distinguish our products in the marketplace, and be able to reassure our growing customer base that they are buying the ‘genuine article’.”