Case Study Mussels - Modeling the effect of dredging on filter-feeding bivalves

J.W.M. Wijsman, M. Dedert, T. Schellekens, L.R. Teal, Y. van Kruchten

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The objective of this project is to study the effect of suspended silt concentrations on the activity of filter feeding bivalves (e.g. clearance, ingestion, pseudofaeces production and growth). Deterministic models will be presented that describe the effect of various silt concentrations on the model species for this study, the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis). These models can be used to investigate the impact of dredging on filterfeeding bivalve populations. The results of this study can be used to decide how much increase in suspended solids is acceptable and what is the best period of dredging and nourishment activities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYerseke
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR


  • mussels
  • shellfish
  • environmental impact
  • dredging
  • population dynamics
  • monitoring
  • north sea


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