In the Marmara Sea, pre-harvest work continues on the farms where Mediterranean mussels, which have water-purifying properties because they feed on organic waste and plankton, will be grown.
With the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the first harvest will be made next month in 4 of the 7 facilities with an annual capacity of 9 thousand tons, which are intended to be a measure against mucilage and applied for.
Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Director Suat Parıldar, who examined the pre-harvest works in the mussel farm established off the coast of Çınarcık district, received information from the authorities.
Following the mussel planting, classification and pre-harvest mussels, Parıldar told reporters that Yalova has a coastline of 123 kilometers to the Sea of Marmara.
Stating that in addition to fisheries, activities for aquaculture and the establishment of 7 mussel enterprises in Marmara have started since 2019, Parıldar said, “Currently, the projects of all our enterprises have been approved. The installation of 4 farms with an annual capacity of 6 thousand tons has been completed. The installation of our farms with a capacity of 3 thousand tons continues.” said.
Certified mussel production
Parıldar stated that the fishermen of Yalova caught approximately 14 thousand tons of fish in the Sea of Marmara last year and earned more than 276 million liras.
Emphasizing that mussel farms will increase Yalova’s income from fishing, sea and aquaculture in the near future, Parıldar shared the following information:
“When our 7 mussel farms with a capacity of 9 thousand tons go into production at full capacity, their contribution to the economy will be close to 200 million liras per year. Mussel farms are established in different provinces in Turkey, but the first mussel farms with ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ certificate and ‘Organic Agriculture’ certificate are intended to produce mussels. “We started our activities in our city. This is again revealing a value-added production method in our city that can be different from other cities. This year or next year, we will produce mussels with Good Agricultural Practices certificate and Organic Agriculture certificate.”
Suat Parıldar added that since 2020, 20 boats that were found to be illegal mussel fishing were confiscated, and 7 thousand sacks of mussels obtained from poaching were released into the sea.
Aquaculture engineer Ali Evsen, the manager of the farm on an area of 174 thousand square meters in Çınarcık, stated that they have an annual mussel production capacity of 2 thousand 574 tons.
Noting that they will start sales next month, Evsen said, “Our target this year is to produce around 800 tons of products. It will take 2 years for us to reach full capacity. Our main goal is to export, although mainly in the domestic market. To obtain value-added products, processed products and export not only to Europe but to the whole world.” We want to make it happen.” he said.
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