Animal feed resources information system

Mussel meal and mussel shell meal

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).


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Common names 

Mussel meal, mussel shell, mussel shell meal

Related feed(s) 

Two types of products are available. One is mussel meal, which includes the edible meat portion of the mussel. The other is mussel shell meal, which is what is remaining after the edible portion has been removed from the shell. Shells are normally sun-dried and ground, prior to being incorporated into a ration.

Nutritional aspects
Nutritional attributes 

Mussel meal and mussel shell meal have been shown to have value as a source of supplemental calcium and protein.


Research has primarily been conducted with layers. Mussel meal has been shown to be an acceptable partial replacement for fish meal and an excellent source of calcium for layer. When mussel shell meal was added to layer diets, egg shell thickness increased, egg breakage decreased and yield and quality of eggs were not found to be changed (Tolokonnikov et al., 1982). In addition to egg shell thickness the specific gravity of the egg was also increased (Pil'eva, 1989). Mussel meal has been demonstrated to be an acceptable partial replacement for fish meal in layer diets (Lachica, 1990).


The performance of juvenile prawns Penaeus merguiensis fed freezed dried mussels (Mytilus edulis) was found to be improved when vitamins and minerals were added to the diet (Sedgwick, 1980).

Tiger prawns (Penaeus mododon) grew better on formulated diets than on fresh mussels (Kibria, 1993).

In postlarval blue shrimp (Penaeus stylirostris), a diet containing 30 % mussel meal, 15 % squid meal, 5% soybean meal, 20 % fish meal and 22 % wheat bran supplemented with live Artemia nauplii the best growth and survival (Fenucci et al., 1984).

Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 
Datasheet citation 

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