Restoration of oiled mussel beds in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

  title={Restoration of oiled mussel beds in Prince William Sound, Alaska.},
  author={Mark G Carls and Patricia M. Harris and Stanley D. Rice},
  journal={Marine environmental research},
  volume={57 5},
Natural loss of hydrocarbons was often low from mussel (Mytilus trossulus) beds (which were typically not cleaned after the Exxon Valdez oil spill), thus this habitat remained a long-term source of oil. Consequently, experimental restoration of nine contaminated beds was attempted in 1994; mussels were removed, contaminated surface sediment was replaced (33 metric tons), and original mussels were returned. Hydrocarbon concentrations and mussel populations were monitored for 5 years thereafter… CONTINUE READING