Friend of the Sea project further expands to South America, as mussels (Mytilus chilensis) from market leader Toralla acheive sustainability certification. The scheme is also rapidly establishing as reference sustainability standard for shellfish, having assessed and certified not only mussels but also clams and cockles in Europe, America and Oceania.
Toralla, S.A. (www.toralla.cl) was established in 2000 by the Leiro family. Toralla’s main offices are in Chonchi, on the isle of Chiloé, Chile. Toralla manages (through its subsidiary, Cultivos Toralla) over 250 hectares of sea, exploited using the “long-line” farming system to harvests 12 thousand tonnes of mussel per year, sold in several countries around the world (Spain, Italy, Greece, England, France, Belgium, USA, etc.)