Mussels are one of the popular and cheap seafood that is rich in vitamins and minerals. To produce high quality and world-class products, production from the traditional stake method, wherein mussels are freely attached to bamboo poles in coastal areas, must be developed and improved.
Mussels grown using the longline method have higher growth than those produced using the raft method. The longline uses a 50-meter main line supported by buoys on both ends and anchored by cement at the bottom of the seabed. Also, a two-meter dangling rope hangs on a 50-meter main line containing up to 200 pieces of mussel spats.This method is also more environment-friendly as they significantly reduce sedimentation by 30% compared to the traditional stake method.
Dr. Carlos C. Baylon
University of the Philippines Visayas
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