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Blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) discovered by Peter Armitage (#801)

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Observed: June 21, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Posted on: June 26, 2012 @ 9:56 AM (diff: 5 days)
Important area for Mytilus edulis. The eel grass in Saltons Cove provides the wonderful 3-dimensional habitat that is so important in "nursery" areas around our coast. I observed an abundance of Mytilis edulis spat on the fronds of the eel grass in the cove. The spat appear to float over to a shoal area joining the mainland to Saltons Islands (2 of them) and then rocky, sandy areas nearby where they mature. This is a good mussel bed area, relatively free of sewage pollution, according to local environmental knowledge experts. The appended photo shows the juvenile mussel bed where the spat appear to migrate to. Do I have the biology right here?

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By Peter Armitage on 6/26/2012 10:02:02 AM

I forgot to mention that I noted ATV tracks across this juvenile mussel bed a couple of summers ago. I'm pretty sure that ATV traffic would destroy a lot of the mussels. One is reluctant even to walk across these beds. Excessive pedestrian traffic could do as much damage as ATVs. A local environmental knowledge expert who is now in his mid-70s and who grew up in this area believes this mussel-covered isthmus which is flooded at high tide did not exist formerly; it was formed after the terrestrial isthmus washed out. The mainland used to connect directly to one of the Islands.

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