Certifier : 
Control Union (UK) Limited
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Certified since : 
26 Oct 2010
Certificate expires : 
09 Nov 2021


In 2009, the North Menai Strait mussel fishery was the first fishery to enter assessment against the MSC Fisheries Standard under new guidelines for assessing enhanced fisheries.

The blue or common mussel (Mytilus edulis) is ubiquitous around the UK. Vessels from the Bangor Mussel Producers Association dredge young mussels from ephemeral beds (where the mussels are not attached to rocks but loose in the mud) in the Irish Sea under a special license - from the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee. They re-lay the seed mussels on sheltered beds to produce more successful harvests. The Association also sells some of the seed mussels on to other fisheries.

Blue mussel (Mytilus Edulis) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book