Mussel Float

Alongside its mainstream industrial packaging activities, Gem Plastics manufactures other blow moulded articles for industrial and consumer applications.

Prominent amongst these items, is its innovative Mussel Float that was developed in collaboration with the Irish Mussel Farmers and Bord lascaigh Mhara - The Irish Fisheries Board, for use in the cultivation and harvesting of mussels. Its novel and useful functionality resulted in Gem being granted a full European patent for the product in 2008.

The float is made in three sizes by the extrusion blow moulding process, using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) giving it strength and guaranteeing a long working life. Coloured 'Battleship Grey' helps it blend in caringly with its natural surrounding environment.

All the materials used in the manufacture of the float have been authorised for use contact with foodstuffs.

Mussel Float
The Gem Mussel Float was designed with the purpose of playing a pivotal role in the cultivation of mussel spat on ropes suspended from twin anchorage points on the float, positioned top and bottom. A special valve is fitted to allow air pressurisation before and during use. This feature ensures that both shape and buoyancy are preserved in all marine conditions. Compared to the method of dredging mussels from the seabed, the Gem float offers a a number of distinct advantages.