Mussel Farming and Its Potential in India

  • K. Sunil Mohamed


Marine mussels are bivalve molluscs belonging to the family “Mytilidae” and form one of the most dominant cultivable species all over the world (estimated culture production about 1.5 million tonnes in 2003). Total global trade of mussel is involving 300,000 tonnes, worth about US$ 400 million. They give the highest conversion of primary producers (phytoplankton) to human food, and culture of mussels in the column waters can increase the seafood production several folds. In India, two species of marine mussels (green mussel, Perna viridis, and the brown mussel, P. indica) are distributed in the rocky coastal areas where they support a traditional sustenance fishery. Farming of green mussel is now established as a commercial practice with the yield crossing 18,000 tonnes in 2009.


Mussel Farming Marine Mussel Green Mussel Mussel Culture Rural Development Programme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Molluscan Fisheries DivisionCentral Marine Fisheries Research Institute [CMFRI]CochinIndia

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