Title: Biologo marino – Presidente A.M.A.
Association/Company: A.M.A. Associazione Mediterranea Acquacoltori
AquaFarm opening session
Pilot initiatives for Carbon Free shellfish farming
National shellfish farming – the current state of the shellfish industry
The national production of Bivalve molluscs comes from harvesting on natural banks or from aquaculture. The species currently farmed are the mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), the manila clams (Ruditapes philippinarum) and pacific oysters (Crassostre gigas). Mussel farming is present in most of the Italian seas, while the production of manila clams is concentrated above all in the Po delta. The farming of the pacific oysters is still limited to some restricted areas. Mussels have the greatest production in volume, while manila clams have the greatest economic value. Both of these species are subject to a series of problems that limit their production capacity, while pacific oyster farming is gradually expanding.