Opmega revalidates its hegemonic position among Galician mussel producers
The entity chaired by Ricardo Herbón brings together eleven associations, which contributes to the structuring of the sector. In 2018 it sold 54,225 tons of mollusc.
The Organization of Producers of Mussels of Galicia (Opmega) is consolidated as an aquaculture power, both for its productive capacity and for hosting eleven delegations or associations distributed along the estuaries of Arousa, Pontevedra, Vigo and Muros-Noia, which favors the organizational structure of the sector as a whole. Last year, it distributed 54,225 tons of “black gold” from the batea, which represents almost a fifth of the total produced in Galicia.
Presided by Ricardo Herbón González, this historical organization of the sector, which had its origins in the late Opmar and contributed to the creation of the Consello Regulador do Mexillón, is an umbrella under which a good part of the mussel farming is housed. Together with the Ria de Barraña Mejilloneros Producers Association (Amebarraña), based in Boiro; and the Rúa Mar Association, in A Illa.
The following are the delegations available to Opmega:
| Amecomra. Association of Mussel Producers from Combarro and Raxó, based in Poio and constituted just 40 years ago. He became part of Opmega in 2000 after military in Opmar, Confederación Sur and Cemega. With a score of rafts anchored in the inner part of the estuary of Pontevedra, it presumes that all its producers have been part of its foundation since the Regulatory Council.
| APM Pobra. The Association of Mussel Producers from Pobra do Caramiñal, founded in 1980 and integrated into the Consello Regulador, has fifty members and as many rafts.
| APM Ría de Arousa. The Association of Producers of Mexillón da Ría de Arousa was founded in the City Council of Vilanova with the name of Sociedad Cooperativa Mejillonera Ría de Arosa in 1977, becoming the current association in 1981.
| APM Muros – Noia. Established in 1977 and endorsed by around 90 rafts distributed by the four polygons of its estuary, the Association of Producers of Mussel from Ría de Muros e Noia produces around 6,000 tons of mussels per year.
| APX Vilaxoán. The Association of Mussel Producers from Vilaxoán presumes to be one of the first associations of the Ría de Arousa. It was born in the seventies “from the hand of the mussel pioneers from Vilaxoán and the surrounding area, who, faced with the need to defend their professional interests, created the statutes of the association on June 1, 1979 with the express intention of promoting associationism and improve the sector in all its areas ». Based in the quay of Vilaxóan, it is composed of about forty rafts, allocating 90% of the production to industry.
| APM Virxen do Carmen. Based in Abanqueiro (Boiro), the Association of Mussel Producers from Virxen do Carmen was born in 1980 and has half a hundred rafts distributed by the Ria de Arousa to send mussels both to the Spanish market and abroad, especially to France and Italy.
| Aspromeri. Considered one of the most important entities of Galicia, the Association of Mussel Producers from Rianxo has more than 300 partners who work in around two hundred rafts distributed throughout the Arousa estuary.
| San Esteban – AMI. The Association of Mussel Producers from San Esteban, based in A Illa, groups a hundred floating rafts. It was formed at the end of the 1980s “with the aim of contributing to a fair and sustainable organization of the mussel productive sector, and in this way achieving the place that our product deserves in the markets”. In the entity presume to have always been “a fundamental pillar in the organizational movements of the sector, forming part of Opmega and defending in the first line the Consello Regulador do Mexillón de Galicia”.
| Socomebu. Cooperativa Sociedad Mejillonera de Bueu was formed on May 12, 1986 and became part of Opmega in 2003. It exploits a score of rafts and its strong point is the “Special” mussel.
Faro de Vigo, February 7th, 2019