Freshwater Pearl Mussels are an iconic Scottish species that are critically endangered. The Lochaber Fisheries Trust are working with Scottish Natural Heritage, Erfgoed loterij en de Schotse stortplaats communautair fonds de zichtbaarheid van de mosselen onder lokale gemeenschappen te helpen om hun reproductief succes in rivieren in Lochaber waar hun nummers zijn in scherpe daling.
To do this we will carry out artificial encystment of the mussel larvae onto the juvenile salmon and trout hosts they need to complete this phase of their life cycle. In rivers where mussel and fish numbers have decreased, the chances of this happening naturally are low and would benefit from a bit of help. With school children and volunteers from Lochaline, we plan to collect mussel larvae and fish from the River Aline and bring them together to give the mussels a much better chance of finding a host. We are also hoping to work with the school and local film maker Sam Firth to produce a short film about the mussels that will let people know more about this secretive species that can live for over 100 jaar.