The “bateas” are wooden platforms that are placed in the sea for the culture of mussels and other molluscs.
In the “bateas” (mussel farms) grow desired molluscs such as mussels or oysters and many fish, other molluscs or a multitude of algae that adhere to the ropes, forming a rich ecosystem over time. In Spain they are mainly found in the “Rías Baixas”, in Galicia.
The first Galician “bateas” were installed in Arousa, in front of Vilagarcía, in 1946. Those artifacts, which were blooming on the waters of the sea loches, did not look too much like the “bateas” of today where grows, probably, the best mussel in the world.