Chilean Blue Mussels

(Mytilus chilensis)

Chilean blue mussel, Chilean mussel

A number of mussel farms in Chile have been certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) as ecologically sustainable. A detailed list of certified farms is available on the ASC website.

1. What is it?

Chilean blue mussels (Mytilus chilensis) are a type of blue mussel that is native to Chile.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Chilean blue mussels are farmed using ropes suspended to the seafloor. As mussels are filter feeders no feed is required and damage to the environment is minor and generally limited to the immediate area (waste discharge that has settled on the floor). Lately there have been a few issues in Chilean mussel aquaculture, mostly related to changing environmental conditions and overstocking.

3. Where is it from?

Chilean blue mussel is farmed in Chile and imported into South Africa. Management is considered to be largely effective as there are sufficient measures in place to address any environmental concerns.