Production of safe mussels using environment-friendly culture methods in sites near urban areas

The project aims to addresses the quality of the mussel produced in Bacoor Bay and the pressing environmental concerns with the current technology practice. It also aims to understand and address the unpredictability of the availability of locally produced mussel spats that mussel culture sites near urban areas are experiencing. The export markets require that bivalves prior to selling have to undergo depuration or relaying process to reduce bacterial contamination in the product. Depuration techniques are specific to a bivalve species and not all techniques are applicable to mussels. The applicability and viability of a depuration system is dependent on the ease of its use and cost of the set-up or facility. Bacoor Bay will be an additional test site for the mussel research program. Mussels will be grown in long-lines and depurated before being sold to the market.

Project Leaders

Armina B. Pugay

Armina B. Pugay

Cavite State University Naic Campus
(046) 856-0401/ 09155463442


  • Identified mussel beds and quantity of spats in Bacoor Bay
  • Use of longline culture
  • Refined depuration protocol for local government facility

Target Beneficiaries

  • Mussel farmers/entrepreneurs/vendors,
  • Researchers
  • Technicians/Extension Workers
  • Local Government Units


  • Bacoor Bay, Cavite