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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Hand implements

Location

U.S. - Maine, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.301 / 5

Summary

Bycatch: Harvest method is selective and incurs minimal to zero bycatch. In addition, incidental catch can often be returned alive.


Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Hand implements

Location

U.S. - Massachusetts, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.983 / 5

Summary

Bycatch: Harvest method is selective and incurs minimal to zero bycatch. In addition, incidental catch can often be returned alive.


Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Hand implements

Location

U.S. - Rhode Island, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.301 / 5

Summary

Bycatch: Harvest method is selective and incurs minimal to zero bycatch. In addition, incidental catch can often be returned alive.


Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Hand implements

Location

U.S. - New York, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

3.301 / 5

Summary

Bycatch: Harvest method is selective and incurs minimal to zero bycatch. In addition, incidental catch can often be returned alive.


Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how ASC Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Best Aquaculture Practices

Variety

Mussels, New Zealand Green

Perna canaliculus

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Best Aquaculture Practices

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP (GAA) certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how GAA Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Best Aquaculture Practices

Variety

Mussels, Chilean

Mytilus chilensis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Best Aquaculture Practices

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP (GAA) certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how GAA Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Friend of the Sea

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Friend of the Sea

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Sea farmed mussels. Click to learn more about how Friends of the Sea Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Best Aquaculture Practices

Variety

Mussels, Mediterranean

Mytilus galloprovincialis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Best Aquaculture Practices

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP (GAA) certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how GAA Standards for Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Canada Organic Certified Shellfish Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how Canadian Organic Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Germany Lower Saxony mussel dredge and mussel culture

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Germany Lower Saxony mussel dredge and mussel culture

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Northern Ireland Bottom Grown mussel

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Northern Ireland Bottom Grown mussel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - North Menai Strait mussel

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
North Menai Strait mussel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Germany Lower Saxony mussel dredge and mussel culture

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Miscellaneous gear

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Germany Lower Saxony mussel dredge and mussel culture

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Friend of the Sea

Variety

Mussels, Chilean

Mytilus chilensis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Friend of the Sea

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Sea farmed mussels. Click to learn more about how Friends of the Sea Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Variety

Mussels, Mediterranean

Mytilus galloprovincialis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Canada Organic Certified Shellfish Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how Canadian Organic Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Variety

Mussels, Foolish

Mytilus trossulus

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Canada Organic (Biologique)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Canada Organic Certified Shellfish Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how Canadian Organic Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Naturland

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Farmed

Off-bottom culture

Location

Eco-Certification

Naturland

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Naturland Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how the Naturland Standards for Organic Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Naturland

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Farmed

Off-bottom culture

Location

Eco-Certification

Naturland

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Naturland Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how the Naturland Standards for Organic Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Friend of the Sea

Variety

Mussels, Mediterranean

Mytilus galloprovincialis

Method

Farmed

All production methods

Location

Eco-Certification

Friend of the Sea

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends Sea farmed mussels. Click to learn more about how Friends of the Sea Standards for shellfish Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Ireland rope grown mussel

Variety

Mussel, Mediterranean

Mytilus trossulus

Method

Farmed

Off-bottom culture

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Ireland rope grown mussel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Limfjord blue shell mussel (rope grown)

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Limfjord blue shell mussel (rope grown)

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Ireland rope grown mussel

Variety

Mussel, Mediterranean

Mytilus galloprovincialis

Method

Farmed

Off-bottom culture

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Ireland rope grown mussel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Ireland Bottom Grown mussel

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Ireland Bottom Grown mussel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Massachusetts, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.417 / 5

Summary

Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

 

Habitat: Harvest method can damage bottom habitat, but most states have measures to limit impacts.

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Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - New York, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.751 / 5

Summary

Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

 

Habitat: Harvest method can damage bottom habitat, but most states have measures to limit impacts.

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Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Rhode Island, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.75 / 5

Summary

Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

 

Habitat: Harvest method can damage bottom habitat, but most states have measures to limit impacts.


Learn more about harvest methods

Variety

Mussels, Blue

Mytilus edulis

Method

Wild

Dredges

Location

U.S. - Maine, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.751 / 5

Summary

Management: Some measures exist to protect this ecologically important species, but they could be improved.

 

Habitat: Harvest method can damage bottom habitat, but most states have measures to limit impacts.

Learn more about harvest methods

Variety

Mussel, Mediterranean

Mytilus galloprovincialis

Method

Farmed

Off-bottom culture

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Companhia de Pescarias do Algarve rope grown Mediterranean mussel

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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