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Turbot farm makes its first catch

Declan O'Brien

Published 23/11/2010 | 05:00

A group of Eurotoques chefs, on a trip to Achill Island Turbot Farm in Co Mayo organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, listen to farm manager Cathal Dineen
A group of Eurotoques chefs, on a trip to Achill Island Turbot Farm in Co Mayo organised by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, listen to farm manager Cathal Dineen

The first catch from an innovative Co Mayo fish farming enterprise was landed recently.

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Established in November 2008, Achill Island Turbot is Ireland's only turbot farm.

The brainchild of Michael Flanagan, the farm is land based, with the fish reared in tanks in a closed seawater recirculation system.

The Achill Island facility was established with a total investment in excess of €2.5m to date, with the project supported by Udaras na Gaeltachta from the outset.

Currently employing five people, Mr Flanagan said the company had the potential to create 20 jobs over the next four to five years.

European turbot is highly prized for its delicate flavour.

A premium white fish, it is a flatfish found in shallow coastal waters.

It takes over 16 months for a turbot to reach the size required by the market, which is about 1kg in weight or the size of a large dinner plate.

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The first fish are destined for the high end restaurant trade both in Ireland and abroad.

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