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Mussel detachment worries producers

SPAIN
Thursday, July 30, 2015, 03:30 (GMT + 9)

The mussel industry in Arousa is concerned about the detachment of bivalves being recorded in several rafts in the area, a problem that is not new, but that this year has been intensified. Producers explain the mussels fail to adhere strongly enough to the ropes on which they are farmed so they come loose and end up in the bottom of the water. A possible cause of these detachments would be the presence of a marine worm that often cohabitates with this bivalve molluscs, which mussel farmers call 'peanut' and this year seems to be much more abundant than at other times. The industry says that the action of this worm, coupled with closures of the polygons due to the presence of red tide, make the mussel become too weak to properly fasten to the ropes, the newspaper La Voz de Galicia informed. Mussel producers expect the research project Mytiga, which has begun to be devel... FULL STORY

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