Re: NANFA-- New FW Mussel website
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 12:31:02 EST

Cool website, Shireen, I learned a lot. I never would have guessed that
mussels could live as long as they do. The zebra mussels being able to
reproduce without fish hosts was a shocker ; I assumed that all mussels
needed a host of some sort. That coupled with their greater filtering
capacity clearly illustrates how they are taking over areas formerly
dominated by native mussels. Not to mention the fact that they encrust the
outer surface of native mussels to the point that they make them unable to
feed; sorta like they're "squeezing out the competition"!
Here in Michigan the native mussels are in real trouble, as evidenced by this
statement in a MI fishing guide. "You may not Take or attempt to take
freshwater mussels (clams or other bivalves) whether living or dead,including
the shell or parts thereof (except zebra mussels) from any waters of the
state except under the provisions of a cultural or scientific investigation
permit from the Director of the DNR.

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