Distribution and Value of Mussels
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Distribution and Value of Mussels

Distribution and Value of Mussels




      

Distribution and Value of Mussels


Distribution and Value of Mussels

MUSSELS The black, thin-shelled, salt-water mussel is found on the Atlantic coast as far south as North Carolina and on the Pacific coast north of Monterey. The shells are used as paint holders and as ornaments.

Large quantities of another genus are sold to farmers along the New Jersey and Long Island coasts for fertilizer. The fresh-water mussels are of much value as food for animals and birds, and the shells are used in making pearl buttons. Pearl fishing was followed throughout the Mississippi Valley by the Indians and by the early settlers, in a small way, but the first excitement in recent years was in 1878 in Ohio. Since that time at regular intervals "crazes" have developed in one section or another. Among the "crazes" may be mentioned that in Wisconsin beginning in 1889 and later extending down the river; that in Arkansas in 1895, that on the Clinch River in Tennessee in 1901, that on the Wabash in 1903, and that on the Illinois River in 1906. At the height of the excitement in Arkansas it is estimated that 10,000 persons were engaged in pearl fishing. The shells of the mussels were a waste product until the opening of the button factories. Now the shells are the important product of the industry, while pearls furnish the speculative element.

Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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