Mussel culture in Algeria

Photo credit: Naim Belakri (Algeria)

Review:  Naim Belakri and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

Mussel culture in Algeria


Historically, the possibility of oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) culture in Algeria was considered decades ago.

The inserted photos were taken in a commercial aquaculture company which was established in 2013 at the place named “Oued el Maa” located in Kristel. The chosen place has been found optimum for the mussel culture.

The national Algerian plan “Aquapêche 2020” was devoting a significant part to the further development of aquaculture, in particular marine farming.  In 2014, the Algerian mussel production was around 31 tons, mainly produced by five farms in the central and western regions of the country.

Two mussel species are cultured in Algeria: namely, African mussel/brown mussel (Perna perna) and Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis). The mussel spats required for culture are collected from the sea. In regard to marketing, the local market absorbs the produced mussel at least in the present.



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