With its strong tides and its powerful sea currents, the Norman coast lends itself particularly to the breeding of mussels. Near a French mussel on two is produced in Normandy. We produce our mussels on the west coast of Cotentin at the forefront of Agon where they benefit from the ecosystem of the estuary of "Sienne". The latter, fed with fresh water and with sea water, is particularly convenient to the development of our shells.
The STG, Traditional speciality guaranteed, is an European sign which emphasizes the composition of a product or its traditional mode of production. It gives evidence of the specificity and the quality of a product.
The ratification by Europe of the European quality sign STG assures the consumers to savour the
TRUE and GOOD Farmed mussels!
To choose Farmed mussels it's to consume products raised according to a traditional culture, on masts called Mussel bed, what what means:
Everything begins with the "spat", that is the quite young mussels, hardly bigger than a pinhead. Got at sea on the Atlantic Coast and hung on ropes of coconut matting, them are delivered to May to the mussel breeders of the coast of Manche and the North Sea. 3 meters long, ropes are settled on " construction sites" of wait constitutedby two posts connected(bound) by crossbars and situated on the concessions the closest to the bank. The young mussels, which are approximately going to stay there during one year, quickly win in size. That is why, to maintain them, we wrap up them in a net, first time towards the end of September, then in February-March, in April and finally
As any alive body, the mussel is sensitive in the middle in whom it develops: she needs a water healthy and rich in phytoplankton. That is why she is raised near estuaries, in the outlet of coastal rivers rich in nourishing elements. The setting-up of mussel beds with regard to the estuary has a direct impact on the growth of mussels: in the most productive parks, the picking can begin from July. Traditionally, she was manually made but, since the environment of the 1990s, the use of flat-bottomed barges became widespread. Equipped of a kind of crowbar maneuvered thanks to an articulated arm, they allow a faster mechanized harvest and in bigger volumes. They authorize especially an access to mussel beds easier
After collection, mussels are put in "purification", that is placed in hanging ponds 12 at 12 pm. Of course, as for any product intended for the human consumption, their sanitary quality is closely followed: the autocontrols led by the very professionals are completed by unannounced controls of the veterinary services.