The Maine Monitor, Portland Press Herald, and NewsCenter Maine featured a story called, “Where Have All the Mussels Gone?” which featured Downeast Institute’s research to understand causes of shellfish declines as well as our work to increase mussel supply through developing technology to assist mussel farmers become more productive.

Dr. Brian Beal, DEI’s Director of Research notes that the decrease in the presence of wild mussels could be caused directly or indirectly by warming ocean waters. “If it’s direct, that means the mussels are physiologically not capable of coping with warming waters. If it’s indirect, the warming waters have caused predators to increase.”

The story was written by Jacqueline Weaver for The Maine Monitor. Read it here: https://themainemonitor.org/where-have-mussels-gone/.

Portland Press Herald: https://www.pressherald.com/2024/03/24/where-have-all-the-mussels-gone/.

NewsCenter Maine: https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/fisheries/mussel-population-on-the-decline-warming-waters-in-maine/97-fc0c0288-4db1-42bc-94e6-0af014fdf52a.

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