Mussels Disappearing From New England Waters, Scientists Say
(Click to enlarge) Mussels and barnacles in the intertidal zone (Credit: Mark A. Wilson, Wilson44691 / wikimedia)
New England is running out of mussels. The Gulf of Maine’s once strong population of wild blue mussels is disappearing, scientists say. A study led by marine ecologists at the University of California at Irvine found the numbers along the gulf coastline have declined by more than 60 percent over the last 40 years.
(From ABC News / by Patrick Whittle)– Once covering as much as two-thirds of the gulf’s intertidal zone, mussels now cover less than 15 percent. “It would be like losing a forest,” said biologist Cascade Sorte, who with her colleagues at the university conducted the study and recently published their findings in the Global Change Biology journal. Read the full story »