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Musselrama ‘17

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in Scott County, Virginia, biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and partnering agencies splashed into the scenic Clinch River to begin the week-long 2017 “MUSSELRAMA” surveys. The epic name given to this event (coined by our own nongame expert, Mike Pinder) evokes as much excitement among aquatic biologists and naturalists as the names “Lollapalooza” and “Bonnaroo” do for music lovers! Started in 2001, these intensive benthic surveys have been led annually in the Clinch and Powell rivers by DGIF. The information collected is used to inform management actions aimed at protecting and enhancing this unique aquatic resource. Read the rest of this article…

  • September 15th, 2017

Rare Mussel Species Propagated for the First Time in Virginia

The slippershell (Alasmidonta viridis) is a state endangered freshwater mussel species in Virginia. It has experienced severe declines across most of its known range in the Commonwealth but individuals have occasionally been reported over the last 20 years from tributaries of the Clinch and Holston rivers in Russell, Tazewell, Smyth, and Scott counties.   Read the rest of this article…

  • July 28th, 2017