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Sprit of Cornwall and Saints Bay
Mussel farming is a low impact method of harvesting the sea. Mussels grow naturally on ropes that are suspended from bouys and anchored to the seabed. Mussles feed on plankton so there is no need to add polluting food to the naturally clean water, and the farm creates a mini-reserve which has become a refuge for fish and many other species.
Gary Rawle's mussel farm in St Austell Bay employs a team of 4 people and produces high quality and environmentally friendly Cornish mussels, purified and ready to cook. Gary started out working in trout farms, but 25 years ago started producing mussels. Initailly they were grown in the estuary at Fowey and in the Fal next to the King Harry ferry, but 3 years ago he set up his first offshore mussel farm in St Austell bay.