Evaluation of the mussel fishery in Wheeler Reservoir, Tennessee River

Journal of Freshwater Ecology
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We evaluated the freshwater mussel fishery on Wheeler Reservoir, a 27,155-hectare mainstream impoundment of the Tennessee River in Alabama. During July 1991 through June 1992, we used a roving creel survey to conduct 285 interviews over 57 weekdays and 12 weekend days. Total harvest during the 12-month survey period was estimated to be 570 metric tons, and included 15 mussel species. The most frequently harvested species were the washboard Megalonaias nervosa. Ohio pigtoe Pleurobema cordatum, and butterfly Ellipsaria lineolata. Harvest peaked in June at 290,414 mussels. Among collection techniques, total estimated effort was highest for divers (71,160 musseler-hours). The total estimated value of the 12-month mussel harvest (in terms of money paid to harvesters) from Wheeler Reservoir was US$2,119,921.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Evaluation of the mussel fishery in Wheeler Reservoir, Tennessee River
Series title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
DOI 10.1080/02705060.1994.9664901
Volume 9
Issue 4
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Oikos Publishers
Publisher location La Crosse, WI
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
First page 313
Last page 316
Country United States
State Alabama
Other Geospatial Wheeler Reservoir