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We’re a family-owned business with a 30-year history of harvesting exquisite mussels in an environmentally sustainable way.
For over 30 years, we’ve cultivated Australia’s finest mussels. During that time, we’ve taken small groups out on our trawler to show them how it’s done. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response, we’ve made our boat tours official.
In 2021, we refurbished a 40-year-old mussel trawler and launched Portarlington Mussel Tours – an exclusive opportunity for people to come together and learn about mussels in a fun, relaxed and luxurious environment.
On your tour you’ll be joined by a mussel farmer, a cook and a deckhand. Each person actively works in the mussel farming industry so you’ll learn the ropes from a team that have mastered the art of cultivating and cooking some of the finest mussels in Australia.
Meet Lance Wiffen
Award-winning mussel farmer,
Sustainability advocate &
Lover of the outdoors
When Lance opens a juicy, plump mussel full of brine, his face lights up and he knows he’s doing exactly what he’s meant to do – cultivating world-class shellfish for people to enjoy.
It was during his university years that Lance realised he wasn’t cut out to sit indoors. The three generations before him had farmed in the local area and it was in Lance’s DNA to do the same. Lance said goodbye to lecture halls to work on the family dairy farm. When the farm was no longer viable, Lance took to scallop farming. When that industry was shut down, he turned to mussels and never looked back.
Lance’s love of mussels is shared by his son, Shane, and wife, Lizzie, who work alongside him at Sea Bounty, a family business trusted by leading chefs and supermarkets to produce top quality shellfish in an environmentally sustainable way.
Lance and his team can’t wait to share their love of the outdoors and the magic of mussels when they welcome you onboard.
Why we’re mad about mussels
There is no protein on earth more sustainable than shellfish. Cultivating mussels improves the marine ecosystem and has no negative environmental impact.
Often referred to as the most underrated shellfish, mussels are deliciously succulent, tender and full of flavour.
Mussels are an excellent source of protein, iron, selenium, zinc, omega-3 and vitamins A, B and C. They’re also low in saturated fat and calories.
Mussels can be prepared in a variety of ways with a variety of flavours. They’re simple to cook, you just have to know how.
You don’t need to re-mortgage the house to enjoy this humble shellfish. Top quality mussels are plentiful and affordable.
Want to find out more about who we are and what we do?
Catch up with us face-to-face on pristine Port Philip Bay. We’ll introduce you to our top quality mussels and spoil you with some delicious food and fantastic scenery.