More mussels – Less muscles
Overview of System
The developed design consists of three main parts.
The SmartUnit that has the net made of rope on which the bi-valves settle and grow. It is suited for growing full market size mussels or purely growing seed through the nursery face. The type of rope, its diameter and mesh size depends on expected species to farm and harvest. The mesh gets its buoyancy from PE-Pipe and has bottom weights to keep it vertical in the water column.
The mooring has been developed to keep the system in place both in open waters and sheltered sites. The commercial variation spreads from sheltered sites, winter iced fjords, open waters with waves up to 7 meters and significant to strong tidal sites with currents up to 4 knots. The units are put in line and moored at the site and expected life time in the water is 25 years and more.
Once the unites are moored at the site, and the settlement has started to grow, you use the combined husbandry and harvesting solutions to care for your mussels. Depending on the job you want to do you use different brushes and other variables such as speed. You can control the density of the spat, remove predators, harvest and clean the collectors for a new season. The machines can be used with different types of boats, as well as barge and a crane, boom or a rig can be used for taking the machine on and off the boat. All solutions are designed considering environment, work and safety conditions as well as operational requirements..