Sustainable for people

Mussel producers are often small to medium sized family business situated in rural areas.  The Irish mussel industry can be considered as an important part of the overall Irish aquaculture industry which employs around 1,900 people in total. These industries are important for the economic and social tissue of small coastal communities and also maintain the attractiveness of coastal towns in Ireland as a tourist destination where high quality seafood can be enjoyed in local restaurants to add an important gourmet element to the Irish tourism experience. More information about food festivals around Ireland can be found on the Tourism Ireland web site.

As mussels are a native species to Ireland mussel farming fits in naturally with the local maritime culture in coastal towns where mussels growers seed, tend and harvest their stocks naturally in rhythm with growing seasons, tides and weather.

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