The Menai Strait mussel fishery operates within an area that has been fished for generations. Shellfish have been cultivated in parts of the Menai Strait since the 19th century. During the 1950s the eastern Menai Strait was identified as a prime area for shellfish cultivation, and particularly for mussel farming.
Following trials carried out in the Strait by scientists from the MAFF fisheries laboratory in Conwy in collaboration with the local fishing industry, an area in the eastern Menai Strait was designated for mussel and oyster growing by the Government in 1962. An Order was passed to protect the shellfish growing in this area and to enable mussels and oysters to be farmed. A copy of the original Order is available here, and a brief amending Order that was made in 1964 is available here. The boundary of the area is illustrated in this map.
For the period between 1962 and 2010, the “Menai Strait Oyster and Mussel Fishery Order” was managed by the local Sea Fisheries Committee. On the 1st April 2010, the Sea Fisheries Committee was re-organised, and responsibility for managing the Menai Strait was passed to the Menai Strait Fishery Order Management Association, MSFOMA. The legislation which transferred these powers is available here.