Certifier : 
Bureau Veritas Certification
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
10 Feb 2014
Certificate expires : 
09 Feb 2019


This is an enhanced fishery, meaning it is neither wild capture nor pure aquaculture. Small wild mussels (known as seed or spat) are collected and re-laid on suspended substrates. The mussels are native to the area and no feeding takes place. Habitat modifications are reversible and do not cause serious or irreversible harm to the natural ecosystem’s structure and function. The full grown mussels are harvested mainly between October and July. 

"It is an immense satisfaction having achieved MSC certification for the mussels produced in our processing plant and own cultivation sites. We have become pioneers, because we are the first Chilean company to obtain certification, demonstrating our commitment to and preoccupation with do things well, caring for our ecosystem and nature."

- Toralla S.A. and Cultivos S.A. Toralla CEO, Sergio Leiro Oubiña, 2014


Chilean mussel Mytilus chilensis image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book