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Mussel Release on the Mississippi

Nathan Eckert from Genoa National Fish Hatchery talks with Secretary Salazar about native mussel restoration in the Mississippi.  Photo credit, U.S. ACE.
Nathan Eckert from Genoa National Fish Hatchery talks with Secretary Salazar about native mussel restoration in the Mississippi. Photo by USACE.

Biologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relocated a number of federally endangered mussels in St. Paul, Minnesota at Pool 2 on the Upper Mississippi River on Friday, August 17. Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar, stopped by to get a close-up look at endangered mussels and talk to biologists who are working in the Midwest Region to reestablish mussels in the river. He was joined by Governor Dayton and Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

The relocation is part of an effort to restore mussel species like the endangered Higgins eye pearlymussel into former habitat. Water quality and other factors that limited mussel abundance in Pool 2 have improved, making the area a suitable site to restore mussel populations.

The partners brought tagged mussels taken from rearing areas at other sites. The mussels were then placed in suitable areas on the riverbed near the Hidden Falls Boat Ramp by agency SCUBA divers.

 

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Last updated: November 4, 2013