Videos

Endangered Mussels Released into the Clinch River

Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), and partners from Virginia Tech, the Nature Conservancy, and the USFWS stocked thousands of mussels into the Clinch River, Russell County. The Clinch River has more species of endangered freshwater mussels than any other river in North America. Elementary school students from Cleveland, VA, participated in the event, and learned about the many functions of mussels, including providing habitat for fish, becoming food for many other animals, and filtering and cleaning the water in our streams and rivers. Over 3,500 federally-endangered mussels were produced at the Department’s Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Center in Marion, Virginia.

The Tennessee River Watershed

The Tennessee River watershed is one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in North American. It is home to approximately 270 fish species and over 100 species of mussels. Check out the video to see some of the native fish and learn what’s being done to protect the waterways and the animals that live there!


270 Fish Species

The Tennessee River watershed is one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in North American. It is home to approximately 270 fish species and over 100 species of mussels. Check out the video to see some of the native fish and learn what’s being done to protect the waterways and the animals that live there!

Posted by Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday, September 4, 2015

Freshwater Mussel Augmentation on the Clinch River

mussels2In September, 2010 CPCRI partners engaged local school children in the largest release of a federally endangered species in the eastern United States. Several varieties of rare freshwater mussels were carefully placed into shoal areas at the Nature Conservancy’s Cleveland Island Preserve.

Partnering in the release of these mussels were the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF),Tennessee Wildlife Resources AgencyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, and The Nature Conservancy.

Below, watch video footage of the event by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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