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We'll look at mussel industry in Conwy.

AN investigation into the challenges faced by the mussel industry in Conwy has been launched.

The mussel beds harvested by fishermen based on Conwy Quay have been affected by the river's water quality in recent times. The numbers of mussels allowed ashore have been restricted and some of the mussel beds have been closed to fishing.

There could be many reasons for the reduced water quality, and Conwy Council and Bangor University have developed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to find the possible source of the microbial pollution that is affecting the mussels.

The study involves collecting samples of the river water at various points, from Llanrwst up to the estuary, to build up a picture of possible pollutants entering the river. Recommendations will be made to rectify the situation to ensure the future sustainability of this traditional industry.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 27, 2010
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