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Our family

Michael Tait

Owner and Operations Director



Michael enjoyed growing up in Shetland learning the ropes on the mussel farms. On leaving school he studied south before returning to work in management in other aquaculture companies in Shetland and further afield. In 2007 he decided to channel his experience back into the family business to oversee operations. Michael is very much hands on with the farms and factory on a daily basis and prides himself on making sure the company and its mussels meet customers’ expectations and high standards.


Richard Tait

Owner and Finance/Sales Director

Richard Tait

Richard began working on fish farms at an early age while attending school in Shetland. He then studied at University in Edinburgh where in 2000 he graduated with an honours degree in Business and returned to grow the family farm and its development from salmon into purely mussels. Richard is now based in Edinburgh and looks after finance, sales and commercial matters. He is easily available for clients and always looking for new business opportunities, so if you are interested then give us a call.


Lollie Tait

Owner and Director

Lollie Tait, Shetland Mussels

Lollie grew up on a croft on the westside of Shetland before going to the sea in the merchant navy.  In 1998 Lollie was very excited about the new wave of aquaculture ideas floating around Shetland and decided to give salmon farming a go in a very small way. This grew and later he added mussel farming to the mix. The trial was a huge success. Joined by his two sons and ever-growing and skilled workforce in 2010 the company stopped growing salmon to focus on 100 per cent on the culture of mussels.

Today Lollie has taken a step back from the day to day operations of the business but still keeps a close eye on how production at sea is going.


Bertha Tait

Office and Sales Manager

Bertha Tait

If you have bought direct from the company you will have had a chat with Bertha. Always enthusiastic about the product – and keen to maintain her unrivalled service levels, Bertha is your first point of contact here. Based in the office she compiles the orders and manages the office. She is also known for keeping a close eye on the quality of what is being shipped.