NZ Mariculture: Greenshell™ Mussel (Perna canaliculus) Farming

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Alina Sbitneva on May 18, 2011

Interesting place. LIKE Alina

Ian Stehbens on May 18, 2011

I found the whole mussel farming operation most interesting, Alina. The mussels grow while attached to the vertical ropes suspended in the water. It is a growing and appears to be a very profitable industry.



jeff_msn123 on May 18, 2011

Mussel! WOW! LIKE

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on May 18, 2011

I am sure you do, Jeff. I do too.

Warm regards,


Thanh Nguyen Tran on May 19, 2011

Amazing! This is the first time I've seen it. Greetings, nguyentran

Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2011

Hi nguyentran. I am pleased that you find this interesting. The vertical ropes are seeded with mussels and they grow to harvest size in about 18 months.



Marilyn Whiteley on May 23, 2011

Beautiful colours and composition, Ian - and of course interesting!

Greetings, Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on May 23, 2011

Dear Marilyn,

This isn't a GE image, but it really is one of the strongest memories one comes away with after sailing the Sounds. The mussel leases abound in certtain parts of the Sounds and the black floats seem ubiquitous. The clear clean water is also important to their production, so yes I had to upload one of these geometric patterns.

Warmest regards,


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Photo taken in 1147 Elie Bay Rd, Crail Bay 7282, New Zealand

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