Malacology & Partnerships in Science

Tagged Mussels

Challenges in science often require solutions from across various disciplines and involve collaborations between diverse agencies. A recent agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Arconic to protect habitat and freshwater mussels in the Lower Grasse River in Massena, NY, is an example.

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Providing expertise across various disciplines, scientists, engineers, and managers from the NYSDEC, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, NYSM have been working to salvage and preserve founder populations to ensure that the diverse and abundant freshwater mussel communities in the Lower Grasse River will continue to thrive after the Superfund remediation project disrupts the river bottom where the mussels live. Mussels were tagged prior to release so scientists can track survival during future monitoring efforts. Live long and prosper Wonderful Mussels!


Mussels from areas where dredging was to occur were collected by divers and held in cages for up to 3 years so they would not be destroyed by the dredging operations.

Mussel were tagged prior to release so they can be tracked during future monitoring efforts.

The caged mussels were released back into areas after remediation was complete.