US challenging PEI in mussel farming
In the North American mussel world Prince Edward Island is king.
Canada is the largest supplier of mussels to the United States and P.E.I. is the largest producer in Canada. The Island brings in about 41 million pounds every year from its bays and estuaries.
But there are upstarts south of the border looking to dethrone P.E.I. and take a bite out of the province’s domination of this lucrative industry.
“We know the following: We know that mussels are tasty and that people like to eat them. And there are not enough mussels to supply the market,” said Mark Fregeau, a professor and marine biologist at Salem State University in Massachusetts.
Fregeau, who works out of the Cat Cove Marine Lab, is involved in a movement in the U.S. to expand domestic mussel aquaculture.