Close-up of several small freshwater mussels with green passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags held in hand.

Endangered mussels bound for the Powell River

In September 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Tech, Lincoln Memorial University, and several other partners released 5,000 endangered mussels into the Tennessee stretch of the Powell River. The animals were propagated and reared at Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. The release is the largest recovery effort to date for the two endangered mussels in the Powell River.
Photo By/Credit
Gary Peeples/USFWS
Media Usage Rights/License
Public Domain
Subject tags
Endangered and/or Threatened species
Species reintroduction