Portonovo Wild Mussel

Italy

Marche

Fish, sea food and fish products

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Portonovo Wild Mussel

Around Ancona, mussels that reproduce naturally and live attached to underwater rocks off the Conero coast are known as “moscioli”. The local trattorias made them famous in the 1950s, and the mollusks began to be harvested on a large scale by small fishing boats with the help of divers. During the following two decades, there were around 80 active boats along the Conero coast, 30 of which belonged to the Portonovo fishing cooperative. Eventually, difficulties in harvesting the mussels and competition from farmed mollusks led to a steep fall in production. The number of divers willing to do this type of work also fell steeply.

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Season

Mussel harvest is from April to October

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By now, wild mussels are only gathered along a few stretches of the Italian coastline. The Presidium fishers have done a lot of work on the supply chain to guarantee their mussels come from permitted fishing zones, are traceable throughout the distribution chain and, most importantly, the equilibrium between catch quantities and reproduction capacity ensures that the mussel population is given time to regenerate.

Production area
The stretch of coast from Pietralacroce to the border between Sirolo and Numana, with Portonovo Bay in the middle, Ancona Province

Presidium supported by
Ancona Province, Ancona Municipality
Portonovo Fishers Cooperative
Ancona
Contrada Portonovo
tel. +39 071 801042
portonovopesca@alice.it

Transformed by:

Adriamar di Sara Benigni
Porto Sant'Elpidio (FM)
Via Dell'Informatica 9-11
Tel. e Fax +39 0734 902491
adriamar@live.it

Gusto&Marche
Falconara Marittima (An)
Piazzale Sordoni
Tel. 071 9188784
info@gustomarche.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Sandro Rocchetti
Tel. +39 071 801042 - 071 9331801
portonovopesca@alice.it

Slow Food Coordinator
Michele Maccione
tel. +39 071 2862484
mimmibianca@alice.it
By now, wild mussels are only gathered along a few stretches of the Italian coastline. The Presidium fishers have done a lot of work on the supply chain to guarantee their mussels come from permitted fishing zones, are traceable throughout the distribution chain and, most importantly, the equilibrium between catch quantities and reproduction capacity ensures that the mussel population is given time to regenerate.

Production area
The stretch of coast from Pietralacroce to the border between Sirolo and Numana, with Portonovo Bay in the middle, Ancona Province

Presidium supported by
Ancona Province, Ancona Municipality
Portonovo Fishers Cooperative
Ancona
Contrada Portonovo
tel. +39 071 801042
portonovopesca@alice.it

Transformed by:

Adriamar di Sara Benigni
Porto Sant'Elpidio (FM)
Via Dell'Informatica 9-11
Tel. e Fax +39 0734 902491
adriamar@live.it

Gusto&Marche
Falconara Marittima (An)
Piazzale Sordoni
Tel. 071 9188784
info@gustomarche.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Sandro Rocchetti
Tel. +39 071 801042 - 071 9331801
portonovopesca@alice.it

Slow Food Coordinator
Michele Maccione
tel. +39 071 2862484
mimmibianca@alice.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionMarche