This website provides public information about the MusselsAlive project, developing best practices and new technology for grading, handling, transporting, conditioning and storing of mussels. MusselsAlive was initiated by the coordinator, Stiftelsen Norsk Sjømatsenter, and funded by "Research for SME Associations" within the EU 7th Framework Programme.
Official start date of the project was on 1st of June, 2010. The duration of the project is 36 months.
MusselsAlive results in «The Grower» - March 2013
MusselsAlive reports on best practice for handling, holding and transporting live mussels.
Presentation at the SNS annual conference (Sats Marint) in Bergen, Norway 6-7 February 2013
Bivalve species like oysters, mussels, manila and hard shell clams can survive for extended periods out of water and can be traded for human consumption as live animals. The primary aim of capturing, holding and transporting live mussels is to deliver them to markets in the best possible condition. Mussels will be exposed to some level of stress during all or part of the trade chain. Stress can be defined as any factor (either external or internal) causing a physiological disturbance to the mussels. In the live mussel industry these factors include capture, de-clumping, fluctuating temperatures, sunlight and other bright lights, wind or drafts, handling and physical damage, poor water quality during holding, conditioning and purification. Mussels are generally able to recover from such stresses, however if any or a combination of those stresses are sufficiently intense, then poor quality (broken shells, gaping, unpleasant smell) or dead mussels will result.The MusselsAlive project aim is to keep mussels alive through the trade chain, by improving good practices and introducing new technology.