The harvesting of Island Gold blue mussels takes place year-round to
provide the freshest possible mussels 12 months of the year for markets
domestic and around the world. Our farms monitor and clean the mussel
lines and attached socks daily. As mussel weight
increases, more buoys are used to ensure the growing mussels float
above the bottom of the water to avoid grit or sand.
Socks can grow in length from 7 to 12 feet. With mussels attached,
a sock can weigh up to 60 lbs. It takes approximately 16 - 24 months
for the mussels to grow
to market size; 2 inches minimum, before they are harvested.
Our boats work on the waters and bays each day maintaining
cycle of growing
Gold blue mussels. While harvesting is done using boats
in the summer months, in the winter long lines are winched through
holes cut in the ice and
mussels are hauled to shore by sleigh.
After leaving the ocean, the mussels are transported in insulated containers
to the processing facility where they are kept naturally cool and damp
They are then inspected, cleaned and graded by hand prior to packaging
Island Gold blue mussels are harvested year-round to ensure our
customers enjoy only the freshest and most delicious mussels possible.