Profile last updated: 20 November 2020

Mussels

Various species

Mussel farming extends across temperate and tropical regions in inshore environments, as well as in deeper, offshore waters.

Two main types of culture are carried out - seabed culture and suspended culture. No supplementary feed is provided, and no medicines or chemicals are administered during grow-out. The industry is still reliant on the collection of wild mussel seed (called ‘spat’) for on-growing.

Global production in 2018 equated to 2.1 million tonnes. China produced almost half of this volume, whilst other important producing countries included Chile and Spain.