7/4/2011

Website Launched!

This new website has been created to promote the activities of the Bangor Mussel Producers Association and our commitment to maintaining a sustainable mussel industry here in North Wales. Please do give us your feedback and comments by email to [email protected] and we will keep you updated of all the relevant industry news...


26/10/2010 

WORLD FIRST! Bangor Mussel Producers are awarded the first enhanced fishery sustainable fishing certification.

The Marine Stewardship Council, after over a year of assessment covering all aspects of our mussel farming, have endorsed the sustainable practices we use - this is the first time in the world that this prestigious award has been given to an enhanced fishery. For more details, visit the Marine Stewardship Council website to view the MSC Certification.

 

We grow mussels in environmentally sensitive areas and are committed to ensuring that our aquaculture industry is a positive benefit to the marine and coastal environment.

We are strictly policed by several environmental agencies and adhere to environmental standards under several different programmes such as the Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. We work with DEFRA, Countryside Council for Wales, the Shellfish Association of Great Britain and the Marine Stewardship Council.

We are dedicated marine enthusiasts and have organised our businesses to proactively find new and better ways to care for and protect the marine and coastal environments in which we work. Click on our Code of Good Practice for more information.

We have strong links with the University of Bangor’s School of Ocean Science and regularly sponsor research and development projects and provide information to interrogative projects that are designed to ensure our processes meet good environmental practice and standards. Click here for research plan.


Further information and links to articles:

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive. Article 3 of the Habitats Directive requires the establishment of a European network of important high-quality conservation sites that are considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level. Further information can be found on the website of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee: http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-23  

 

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) 

Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites classified in accordance with Article 4 of the EC Birds Directive, which came into force in April 1979. They are classified for rare and vulnerable birds and for regularly occurring migratory species. Further information can be found on the website of the JNCC: http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-162

Articles:

Mussel Farming in Menai Strait and Conwy Bay SAC – Swansea University

Click here to read the article...

 

The Ecology of Seed Mussel Beds

Click here to read the article...