Blue mussel cultivation in Iceland on drawing board

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
12 January 2007, at 12:00am

ICELAND - Members of Icelands Association of Shellfish Cultivators recently announced plans to begin cultivating the shellfish in Icelands waters.

The association has experimented with blue mussel cultivation in Iceland in recent years with good results, and members now feel it is time to start producing blue mussels in large quantities for export. Fréttabladid reports.

Jón Baldvinsson, head of the Association of Shellfish Cultivators, said the conditions for blue mussel cultivation in Iceland are very good. Almost every fjord in the country fulfills the conditions for the crop’s growth, he said.

Baldvinsson said the price of blue mussels has doubled in the last few years. The total yearly consumption of blue mussels in Europe is about 800 thousand tons, and demand is growing.

Source: Iceland Review Online