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Mussels are harvested from a farm by pulling a barge up alongside the farm. The ropes are cut off from the lines holding them in the water, and they’re pulled through a steel ring, and the mussels let go.

They’re tumbled and washed at the same time to get some of that fouling material out, to get some of the accumulated silt that often accumulates on the mussels. And then they’re put on a conveyor belt and then dropped into a bag, and that bag is then ready to be handled by a crane off onto the wharf once the barge gets back to the wharf.


Professor Andrew Jeffs – Leigh Marine Laboratory, Auckland University.

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