“Moules mariniere” are becoming increasingly popular on Welsh menus. Whilst everyone may be familiar with French for mussels, few realise that over half the mussels produced in the UK come from North Wales.
The Menai Strait, one of the fastest tidal flows in Britain provides renewable supplies of water rich in the microscopic plants or phytoplankton on which mussels feed. It is here that the award winning Bangor company, Myti Mussels produces over 8000 tonnes of mussels annually.
Aquaculture, or farming of aquatic animals is the fastest growing sector of food production in the world and Myti Mussels is one of the UK leaders in shellfish production. Cultivation of mussels, in North Wales, dates back to the 1950s but was in decline by 1982, when Myti Mussels started production. Over the past 25 years, this successful company has gained a reputation for innovation, productivity and ecological sustainability. Myti mussels works closely with scientists at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to develop culture techniques which help maintain the natural environment and bird populations in the Strait.
North Wales produces more mussels than are eaten each year in Britain (6,500t). So most are exported to Holland and France. From small beginnings, Myti Mussels has become the largest producer of seabed grown mussels in Britain. Gogledd Cymru aims to emulate this success on the rugby field and is proud to welcome Myti Mussels as a partner in regional representation