How Mussel Farming Could Help Clean Fouled Waters

Along the shores of New York Harbor, scientists are investigating whether this ubiquitous bivalve can be grown in urban areas as a way of cleansing coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers, and other pollutants. READ MORE

 

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U.S. government scientists are carrying out a two-year experiment to see whether the ribbed mussel, shown above, can flourish in polluted bodies of water like the Bronx River in New York City. Mussels are efficient filter-feeders and federal researchers say they may one day be used in urban areas to cleanse coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers, and other pollutants. The ribbed mussel was selected for this study because of its adaptability. (Photo courtesy of Mark S. Dixon/NOAA, NEFSC)

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