Second : Cleaning of green mussel shells

New Zealand greenshell mussel are often parasitized by . In 2015, New Zealand researchers Oliver Trottier and Andrew Jeffs from studied the mate location of male , which were observed when dwelling in the mussel. Given the cryptic behaviour of the male crabs, a trapping system was developed to determine whether male crabs would exit their mussel hosts in response to an upstream female crab. Observations of the nocturnal mate-finding behaviour of male crabs were made in darkness using video recordings. Male crabs were often observed stroking the edge of the mussel whilst attempting to gain entry, successfully increasing mussel valve gape during entry from 3.7 to 5.5 mm.

Northeast coast of the bay showing a more promising environment for green mussel cultivation.

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Third: Placing the green mussel shells under the sun

Atlantic Blue Mussels and Pacific Mediterranean Mussels can substitute for Green Shell Mussels. The Asian green mussel is found in the coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific region. However the mussels are introduced to other areas as via and .

Fourth : Placing and burning the green mussel shells in a container

The New Zealand greenshell mussel industry operates within some of the strictest quality standards in the world Both the mussels and seawater around the farms are tested for biotoxins, bacteria, and heavy metals. The water quality is constantly monitored with tests carried out to the standards set by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, European Union, and NZ Food Safety Authority. The standards are in place to meet the increasing global demand for safe and healthy seafood products. The Resource Management Act 1991 and Fisheries Act 1996 have been put in place by the New Zealand government to mitigate the environmental effects of aquaculture in New Zealand. New Zealand’s high aquaculture standards have been recognized by the International Conservation Organisation Blue Ocean Institute, which ranked New Zealand greenshell mussels as one of the top two ‘eco-friendly seafoods’ in the world.

Fifth : Pulverizing the green mussel shells

GREENIES® JointCare Canine Treats are nutritionally unique because of a secret ingredient: Green-Lipped Mussel. This species of mussel is only found in New Zealand and contains a unique blend of nutrients known to promote joint health. Green-Lipped Mussels have a striking brown and green shell that's unlike any other mussel. On the inside, they're equally as different; they're one of nature's best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, glucosamine and chondroitin. You may not have heard of them, but Green-Lipped Mussels have been around for thousands of years. Grown in New Zealand, these mussels started as a food source for the native people but were soon coveted for their unique health benefits. Thanks to its sheltered coasts and warmer weather, Green-Lipped Mussel flourishes in northern New Zealand, These mussels are most widely found below low-tide lines and inter-tidally throughout Marlborough.