Success. After the press conference, the mussels echoed loudly the following days in no more than three major newspapers, two TV-channels and two radio shows.
For the first time in ever in Sweden, the thick shelled river mussel (Unio crassus) was subjected for re-introduction after being farmed artificially in laboratory by Lea Schneider and parts of the UC4LIFE crew.
During the press conference, we focused on the scientific part of the project, and the fact that we have cracked the life cycle enigma (the identification of host fish species) and developed farming techniques which able us to breed and re- introduce juvenile mussels into areas where it has become extinct.
Approximately 2000 juveniles of Europe’s most threatened mussel species were released in the newly re-meandered Fyleån Creek. The mussels were put into enclosures, so that survival and growth rates can be monitored in the future.
We are grateful for the creative support by the Landowners; Högestad and Röddingeberg, The Water Council, Tomelilla Municipality and the people in the Valley!
UC4LIFE//Ivan and Lea