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Where Have All the Mussels Gone?


“The blue mussel harvest in Narragansett Bay has been declining for
the past couple decades. The main causes of this decrease in mussel
production are predation by sea stars and the infestation of the mussels
with pea crabs. Sea stars move en masse, settling on blue mussel beds.
In large numbers, sea stars can decimate the mussel bed, leaving only
empty shells behind.”