Fish of the month - farmed mussels
February's fish of the month is farmed mussels.
Did you know that approximately 90 percent of all the mussels consumed in the world are farmed? Did you know that this is actually a good thing?
Farmed mussels – as well as related scallops, oysters, and clams – are generally very environmentally sound. Because they do not rely on fishmeal or fish oil as dietary feed, farmed mussels require little natural resources to grow.
In fact, they are filter-feeders, which means that they eat tiny particles and debris in the water for their nourishment. Farmed mussels can actually remove excess nutrients from the surrounding waters, helping to improve the local water quality!
In addition, diseases are rare in farmed mussels, which means harsh antibiotics and chemicals are not necessary for maintenance.
Together, these facts lead to a green-listing for farmed mussels, making them a “Best Choice” on the seafood wallet card, and a high recommendation for any seafoodie out there!
Related recipes: Mussels in Red Thai Curry Sauce and Easy Diavola Mussels.
Posted by Kim Stakal, conservation
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