Evaluation of Blue Mussel processing plant holding systems in PEI

MG-11-02-007

Description

As Blue Mussels become more of a commodity, processors are looking for new and improved holding systems and methods while maintaining high product quality. Current systems have shown limited holding mussel capacity (defined as the length of time live mussels can be held in wet storage). Better holding systems and/or practices would improve the industry's ability to compete in international markets. The goal will be to develop better holding methods by evaluating water quality in holding systems, assessing time of harvest impacts and thermal shock on shelf life, and conducting a preliminary evaluation of emersion/immersion cycles on mussel shelf life.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)

Year(s)

2011 - 2014

Ecoregion(s)

Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Estuary

Principal Investigator(s)

Daniel Bourque
Email: Daniel.Bourque@dfo-mpo.gc.ca