Shetland Select mussels are grown around the islands on the east and west of Shetland, by two family-operated businesses.

C & A Thomason’s mussels come from Basta Voe on the east side of Yell, while the Hunter family of Vementry Aquaculture grow mussels around the islands of Vementry and Muckle Roe, on the west side of Shetland.

This naturally pristine environment is ideal for the mussels to develop and grow as Mother Nature intended.

Basta Voe

Yell is an island to the north of the Shetland mainland thats varied coastline includes some of the best beaches in Shetland. It is home to outstanding wildlife, with large seabird and seal colonies, numerous whale and dolphin sightings, and an amazing otter population.

A ferry links Yell and the neighbouring islands of Unst and Fetlar to Toft in the north mainland.

Basta Voe is a long voe or inlet on the east coast of the island that provides perfect natural conditions for growing Shetland Select mussels.

Vementry and Muckle Roe

The waters around these neighbouring islands, situated to the north-west of the Shetland mainland, make perfect mussel-growing conditions. The North Atlantic tide is clean and naturally rich in plankton and other sea creatures from which mussels thrive.

The picturesque island of Vementry is uninhabited, while neighbouring Muckle Roe, renowned for its coastal scenery, is connected to the mainland by bridge.