Halen Môn (Anglesey Sea Salt) has just been awarded
EU regional protection. In a nutshell it means that no one else can produce it unless they are using salt from the sea around Ynys Môn. Wales needs all the protection it can get from exploitation and I really hope that this new status along with the recent protection of Pembrokeshire early potatoes
is the start of a fresh wave of Welsh products that are recognised and afforded the added protection and brand recognition they deserve.
But there is a delicious irony in this sea salt shanty and that is that the sea around Wales is not owned by the people of Wales, it is owned by our old enemy The Crown Estate
. And as such that means that anyone who wants to remove natural resources from the sea around Wales has to pay The Crown Estate. Whether this is sea water as in the case of Halen Môn or dredging in The Bristol Channel it doesn't matter.
To recap, Halen Môn has its brand protected from exploitation but the only
raw material used, Welsh sea water, is an exploited resource. And it's worth mentioning why it is still an exploited resource once again