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NEAMO- "Setting the stage for mussel research in the North Atlantic region"

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Corran Halls

54 Corran Esplanade

Oban

PA34 5AB

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Blue mussels are key-stone species with a correspondingly high value for biodiversity. Mussels also contribute with other valuable ecosystems services, both supporting services, provisional services, regulating services and cultural services. Over the past years, blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) beds in Europe and North America have been reported to be in regression, yet the causes and consequences of this decline are not fully understood. Furthermore, as the current mussel culture industry is dependent on the collection of wild spat, sustainable management of wild blue mussel beds is essential to sustain the mussel aquaculture industry, yet there is a lack of knowledge related to the dependencies and interactions between wild and farmed mussels.

To address these challenges and the lack of knowledge, the network NAEMO (North Atlantic European Mussel Organization) was formed shortly after last years conference arranged by the Association for Scottish Shellfish Growers (ASSG, October 2018). The first NAEMO meeting will now be held in Corran Halls, Oban, October 30th, as a back-to-back session to the 2019 ASSG conference. The topic of the workshop will be “Setting the stage for mussel research in the North Atlantic region”. Objectives to be addressed during the workshop are the determination of specific objectives/tasks for the network, development of a joint knowledge platform for existing information about mussel status and population trends and related ongoing research, identification of knowledge gaps related to the management of blue mussels and identification of potential areas of collaboration. The workshop will include interactive and participatory group discussions, a plenary session with presentations and a networking session.

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