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Mechanization in mussel-culture and processing
Koole, C. (1989). Mechanization in mussel-culture and processing, in: De Pauw, N. et al. (Ed.) Aquaculture: a biotechnology in progress: volume 1. pp. 1021-1027
In: De Pauw, N. et al. (Ed.) (1989). Aquaculture: a biotechnology in progress: volume 1. European Aquaculture Society: Bredene, Belgium. ISBN 90-71625-03-6. 1-592 pp., more

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  • Koole, C.

    Together with the growing mussel production in the world, the need for mechanization of the laborious and time-consuming handling in the different culture systems and further processing of the mussels increased. In former days, many tools have been made by blacksmith's workshops. Since the beginning of the sixties the interest for the biological impact of mechanization increased the demand for well-designed and product-friendly automation by machines. Dependent on the cost of labour and life style in the different countries, the development of mechanization improved considerably during the last decades. One of the favourable developments in The Netherlands was that a firm having already a good reputation in handling agriculture products, enlarged its field of activities to the Zealand molluscan shellfish industry. The experience now gained in all aspects of mussel handling, from seed collection up to finished product, whether as fresh, frozen or canned meat, has been applied worldwide. As usual, the influence of mechanization is remarkable. The production and processing from producer to consumers improved by streamlining the entire procedure. Another consequence is that a better planning of the workload became possible and with that the earnings and profits increased leading to new investments. This type of mechanization is appropriate for the different mussel species and the various culture and processing systems. Local circumstances play a role in what can or cannot be achieved. The paper gives an idea about the philosophy of a modern manufacturer, including details of international significance and exact machinery information.

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