Jeremy- were there very many experiments done in culturing using the Lamprotula species? I understand that the nuclei produced was considered very brittle...
Hi Caitlin,Strack (2000 p.344) says that 15 varieties of American mussel shell are used, including "pigtoe, ebony, elephant ear, pistolgrip, three ridge, maple leaf, pimpleback, white heelsplitter, and purple pocketbook". She also refers one to Figure 54 on page 77. Fig 54 is several pages of pearl producing unionoids in North America.
These guys are a story in themselves- exploited vs conserved, etc. which is why I put up everything I can find on American mussels- they are pearl producing on their own and they are the nuclei in those fabulous akoyas.
Hey Buddy,The rake you talk about, is this what is meant by brailing?
Then you cut your motor. And raise your bag of booty in to the boat. Aluminum cans, Rocks, A tire and 5 shells.lol.
Our rivers are making a great comeback. With environmental legislation. And with the help of people like my friend Chad Pedrake at http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/Yes, the sad state of our rivers- which leads me to ask, what is the oddest thing that you've pulled up out of the water?
Now, are these areas that you were operating in wild or more of a mussel farm? What is the average output of a mussel farm per year these days? I understand that washboards can grow up to 15-inches in length (huge!!), but what is the average harvest age/size these days?