In early attempts at mussel farming in New Zealand, raft cultivation techniques were used. Young mussels floating in the plankton attached themselves to ropes hanging from the rafts and began feeding. In time, this method proved inefficient, as mussels suspended near the centre of the raft failed to thrive. It was also labour intensive. This photograph, taken in 1978, shows one of the early raft farms in the Marlborough Sounds.
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Photograph by A. W. Mazey
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