Development of sustainable mussel production (Idékataloget) (39250)

  • Petersen, Jens Kjerulf (Project Coordinator)
  • Canal-Vergés, Paula (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Pernille (Project Participant)
  • Saurel, Camille (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Carsten Fomsgaard (Project Participant)
  • Tørring, Ditte Bruunshøj (Project Participant)
  • Fitridge, Isla (Project Participant)

Project Details


It is the overall objective of the project to develop sustainable methods of mussel production involving mussel fisheries, on-bottom culture and off-bottom long-line culture.

With regard to mussel fisheries, a GIS-based model of eelgrass habitats and their potential recovery was developed and has been reported. Further, macro algae were mapped in selected estuaries. In relation to on-bottom culture, focus has been on testing whether moving mussels from deeper to shallower areas during oxygen depletion was tested. Results showed that this can be a good strategy to move mussels that grew rapidly after relay in contrast to mussels not moved that died due to oxygen depletion. It is however important that careful monitoring of the relayed mussels are carried out by the fishermen as mussels otherwise risk to be eaten by starfish. Experiments with relay of mussel spat from water column spat collectors are currently being carried out.

In relation to long-line farming, DTU Aqua provided basic information and numbers to an economic analysis of the industry carried out by Copenhagen University, Department of Food and Resource Economy.

DTU Aqua (coordinator)

This project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries through a special governmental funding for sustainable fisheries (“Bæredygtighedspuljen”).

Research area: Coastal Ecology
Effective start/end date01/01/201431/12/2016