we've got a knack for this farming thing
But the truth is we've got it down to a science. Always fresh from the waters of Penn Cove, we grow, wet store, distribute and export Penn Cove Mussels, Mediterranean Mussels, Manila Clams, and a vast, delicious variety of regionally farmed Pacific and Kumamoto Oysters--every day rain or shine and several times weekly to distant lands around the globe.
At the present time, Penn Cove Shellfish grows and harvests approximately two million pounds of mussels per year from our two farms, one in Penn Cove and the other in Quilcene Bay, located in Washington state’s upper Hood Canal. We start production of our product in our own hatcheries and follow it through from planting, maturity, harvest and distribution. We never feed or fertilize our shellfish, we only give them an ideal place to grow and thrive. As a matter of fact, mussel farming provides a habitat and ecosystem environment for many species and adds to the overall health of the marine ecosystem.
Most days our two 64-foot, custom mussel harvesting vessels, the "Moule Mariner" and the "Mytilus" can be seen alongside our mussel rafts in Penn Cove and Quilcene Bay. Each of the mussel rafts support between 900 to 2500 mussel lines and can yield up to 50 pounds of mussels on each line. The mussels take about 14 months to reach a harvestable size, so there's an ongoing rotation among the rafts between juvenile mussels and those ready to harvest, enabling year-round mussel production and optimum quality.
Combining the work of conservation and public health organizations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has identified farmed mussels, clams and oysters as "Super Green," meaning they’re a good seafood choice for human health and their production doesn’t harm the oceans. These products are rated as a "Best Choice" on the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Green List, the Blue Ocean Institute Seafood Ranking guide and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Seafood list.
Consumer Trends & Nutrition
As Americans become increasingly conscious of health and nutrition, fresh and natural seafood consumption, including shellfish, is on the rise. Contrary to the popular misconception, shellfish are extremely low in fat, cholesterol and calories, while being high in essential minerals. Ounce for ounce, shellfish offer fewer calories and about the same level of cholesterol and calories when compared to poultry. You can trust Penn Cove to provide you with the finest shellfish for your customers.