Sustainability / Quality Assurance

Sustainable and safe

At Kinkawooka Shellfish it is all about the environment and the flavour. Our mussel farming has minimal impact on the environment and we are moving to carbon neutral in every aspect of our business.

Quality control is fundamental to the success of the company. With co-operative links with South Australian Universities and seafood research agencies worldwide, coupled with our own state of the art quality control laboratories, all of our mussels far exceed the required food safety standards.

Kinkawooka’s Quality Assurance

Daily monitoring of the water temperatures, nutrients and mussel condition across all growing areas in Boston bay, ensures that only mussels in premium condition are harvested by Kinkawooka Shellfish.

Using Automated harvesting equipment, the mussels are removed from the growing lines, graded and cleaned before being transported to the purpose built, Kinkawooka Shellfish processing facility in Port Lincoln.

Processed within hours of harvest, the culinary quality of the mussels is captured through a combination of traditional handling and contemporary technology.

At every step, the culinary quality and suitability of the mussels is the focus.

Friend of the Sea


Kinkawooka is a Friend of the Sea, and is recognised by the International Seafood Sustainability organisation, Friend of the Sea.

Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.

Friend of the Sea Criteria follow the FAO – Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. In particular, only products from stocks which are NOT OVEREXPLOITED can be certified (Art. 30 FAO Guidelines).

Friend of the Sea has deployed an International Monitoring Program to verify onsite the Chain of Custody of approved suppliers of Friend of the Sea products.

In line with the FAO Guidelines, Friend of the Sea pricing structure is affordable also to artisanal fisheries and small-scale producers, which represent over 50% of the Friend of the Sea certified products.


The South Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (SASQAP) is a joint initiative between Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) and the shellfish industries of South Australia. The quality assurance program provides public health protection for consumers of South Australian shellfish. Under the program, water and shellfish where oysters, mussels, cockles and scallops are harvested are monitored to ensure that shellfish product sold only originates from areas free of any harmful substances.

Kinkawooka Food Safety Certification

Kinkawooka Shellfish is accredited under the SA Primary Produce Food Safety Scheme Act 2004. This is an independently audit scheme that ensures the safe growing, harvesting, handling and transport of mussels. Accreditation Number 20/128.
As well as this Kinkawooka shellfish has achieved an Approved Arrangement with Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). This is a certification to allow the export of mussels and incorporates Good Hygiene Practice, HACCP, Product Integrity and Importing country requirements. Registered Establishment Number 1667. This arrangement is audited on a six monthly basis by DAFF and ensures the highest standard of food safety throughout the process from sea to plate.

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