Local mussels are mostly grown in Saldanha Bay on the West-Coast of South Africa through suspended ropes in the ocean, it’s like agriculture, only in the ocean, thus aquaculture or mariculture. Raft suspended culture is free of grit and sand because they are raised off the bottom of the ocean.
Our mussels are left for around 8 months before harvesting, untouched by any human intervention, the cold nutrient rich Benguela Ocean current is all that is needed to feed and produce some of the best tasting mussels in the world. Blue Ocean Mussels has no hatcheries and rely on natural settlement. The farming cycle of mussels start in early summer (November/December), which is the traditional spawning season. Mussel larvae float around for about three weeks before settling on a suitable surface, where it will then start to grow a shell and develop a byssus thread. From larvae stage, a mussel will take just over one year to reach the preferred market size of 8 cm.