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Behind-the-scenes science continues in the Freshwater Mussel Hatchery

June 5, 2020 Although our doors are closed to the public, the science behind re-establishing our rivers mussel population continues.Through April and May, our scientists collected gravid females of two different species of freshwater mussels, Eastern Elliptio and Tidewater Mucket. Host fish were collected and acclimated in the hatchery tanks. Trout is the host fish […]


The excitement starts this month in the Freshwater Mussel Hatchery!

The cold (or not so cold) winter months have given us time to get our freshwater mussel hatchery ready for the new propagating season. Tanks and equipment are cleaned and sanitized. Equipment is built or repaired. Three brood stock tanks have been set up for the gravid female mussels (gravid means their eggs have been […]