Gi­ant mussel res­cue mis­sion

Costa Almería News - - News -

By Emma Ran­dle Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment has ap­proved the “emer­gency res­cue” of 215 ex­am­ples of gi­ant mus­sels from Almería waters to pre­vent the species be­ing wiped out by dis­ease. Ear­lier this year the re­gional gov­ern­ment found mas­sive num­bers of the mol­luscs were dy­ing off the shores of the prov­ince due to the rise in a type of ocean par­a­site. The res­cued spec­i­mens will be taken to spe­cial cen­tres where they will be safe from in­fec­tion and also pro­vide a breed­ing ground for fu­ture re­pop­u­la­tion.

The gi­ant mussel is na­tive to the Mediter­ranean and can grow to be up to 120 cm long. It can live for up to 50 years, mostly in deep sea posi­do­nia mead­ows. It is con­sid­ered an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the ma­rine ecosys­tem.

Mean­while, a rise in the tem­per­a­ture of the Alb­o­ran Sea is threat­en­ing co­ral colonies, ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists. In re­sponse, con­ser­va­tion­ists have started a year-long study aimed at pre­vent­ing their dis­ap­pear­ance.

Gi­ant mus­sels are at risk of ex­tinc­tion in the prov­ince

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