Re: NANFA-- Blanket Bans & Mussel Culture?

Todd Crail (
Sat, 5 Apr 2003 10:27:34 -0500

Hey Jeff,

> I'm wondering- if literally taken - does that Ohio law prohibiting
> posession of clams and mussels apply to non-indigenous species? Or even
> saltwater clams and mussels in the seafood section at the local grocery
> store?

I'm going to ask about this. I think it's just crazy and lazy the way the
law has been written... At least the portion of it that they reproduce in
the fishing regulations.

> Failing that- there must be some other material that could be
> substituted for the slugs of mussel shell that are used as "seeds" for
> pearls in pearl culture farms in the far east. I'm assuming that's what
> they are doing with them?

Best I could tell, yeah, they're used for seeding the pearl cultures. They
may have once been used in the button industry, but now that humans are
quite successful at cultivating marine trochus snails, that pressure has
been lifted.

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