South Australia’s famous Spencer Gulf Mussels are grown in the most spectacular region in Australia – Eyre Peninsula’s Spencer Gulf. Our Australian Blue Mussels benefit from the nutrient rich, upwellings of the Great Southern Ocean that flows into the Spencer Gulf region. Blue mussels are filter feeders and benefit from the nutrients and rich phytoplankton in the water – making their flavours and characteristics unique to the region they are grown. Farmed from wild caught spat (baby mussels) and using New Zealand long line technology in grow out, the mussels grow in the water between 3–30 metres below the surface and well off the seafloor, ensuring they are always clean and healthy. Using traditional husbandry techniques and the latest technology we have developed a unique farming and handling method which exclusively produces small, soft mussels characterised by their rich, creamy texture and incredibly sweet flavour.
The mussels are graded and cooled prior to heading to Port Lincoln for processing. As they travel through the factory, every mussel passes through four levels of quality assessment being graded, scrubbed, cleaned and making them literally ‘pot ready’. Conditioned and cooled in oxygenated saltwater, the mussels are then packed in our unique Sea Sure packaging which, as the name suggests, replicates the mussels’ natural environment, keeping them live and stress-free.
Spencer Gulf’s famous live, scrubbed, cleaned and de-bearded mussels, packed in our unique ‘sea sure’ packaging – keeping them live and stress free making them soft, sweet and delicious, every time. There are approximately 40-50
pieces per kg.
Spencer Gulf’s Live Pot Ready Mussels, packed in a convenient 500g pack – ideal for retail as a serve for 2 people.
2kg, 3kg, 4kg and 5kg
Spencer Gulf’s Live Pot Ready Mussels come packed as above using our unique ‘sea sure’ technology. This format is ideal for restaurants, hotels or cafés – reducing waste, labour and cost.
Packed directly from the harvest boat, these mussels are not graded, scrubbed, cleaned or de-bearded but are keenly priced.
Spencer Gulf can develop your own packaging for use in foodservice distribution or retail.
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Sustainable and safe
South Australian mussel farming has minimal impact on the environment and we are moving to carbon neutral in every aspect of our business. Quality control is fundamental to the success of the company. With co-operative links with South Australian Universities and seafood research agencies worldwide, coupled with our own state of the art quality control laboratories, all of our mussels far exceed the required food safety standards.
Daily monitoring of the water temperatures, nutrients and mussel condition across all growing areas in Boston Bay, ensures that only mussels in premium condition are harvested by Eyre Peninsula Seafoods. Using automated harvesting equipment, the mussels are removed from the growing lines, graded and cleaned before being transported to the purpose built processing facility in Port Lincoln. Processed within hours of harvest, the culinary quality of the mussels is captured through a combination of traditional handling and contemporary technology. At every step, the culinary quality and suitability of the mussels is the focus.
Friend of the sea
Spencer Gulf Mussels are a Friend of the Sea, and are recognised by the International Seafood Sustainability organisation, Friend of the Sea. Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.
All South Australian Mussels meet the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia’s (NASAA) Organic and Biodynamic Standard covers the organic supply chain – from input manufacturers, producers, processors to wholesale and retail operations - ensuring organic integrity 'from paddock to plate'.
The South Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (SASQAP) is a joint initiative between Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) and the shellfish industries of South Australia. The quality assurance program provides public health protection for consumers of South Australian shellfish. Under the program, water and shellfish where oysters, mussels, cockles and scallops are harvested are monitored to ensure that shellfish product sold only originates from areas free of any harmful substances.
Eyre Peninsula Food Safety Certification
Spencer Gulf Mussels is accredited under the SA Primary Produce Food Safety Scheme Act 2004. This is an independently audit scheme that ensures the safe growing, harvesting, handling and transport of mussels. Accreditation Number 20/128. Spencer Gulf Mussels has achieved an Approved Arrangement with Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). This is a certification to allow the export of mussels and incorporates Good Hygiene Practice, HACCP, Product Integrity and Importing country requirements. Registered Establishment Number 1667. This arrangement is audited on a six monthly basis by DAFF and ensures the highest standard of food safety throughout the process from sea to plate.
Spencer Gulf Mussels have been verified to conform to the Codex of Halal Principles. The Scope of the certification covers receiving and storage of raw materials, manufacturing, labeling, packing, storage and dispatch of live mussels, mussel stock and natural cooked (in the bag) mussels.