Chesapeake eels are a way to improve water quality- but how? This video shows that one tributary is increasing the amount of mussels in their tributary to the Susquehanna by adding- you guessed it- eels!
In the earlier post, I mentioned that mussel larvae hitchhike inside the gills of eels, using them as a way to move from one location to another. By increasing the amount of eels, you provide hosts that are also a source of mobility. This organization is releasing more eels into their waterway, hoping that the baby filter-feeding mussels come along for the ride- cleaning the water while they’re at it.