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Pearl mussels on Countryfile

Last night (17 August 2014) a freshwater pearl mussel population in Northern Ireland featured on Countryfile - did anyone catch it? The picture of the glochidia encysted on salmonid gills was taken by staff at the FBA and we're really pleased that the Ballinderry Rivers Trust are releasing 500 young mussels back into the Ballinderry.

Latest issue of FBA News is out now!

The latest issue of FBA News (Summer 2014, No. 63) has now been published and, if you are a Member, should be arriving on your doormat shortly, or via email as a PDF today. If you have not signed up for a print copy, you will automatically receive a PDF version via email - if you do not receive it, please let us know at Please also notify us at if you change your email address, so we can update our records accordingly.

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Pearl Mussel Ark Project welcomes new batch of fish

Yesterday the FBA received new batches of 0+ salmon, sea trout, Arctic charr and brown trout ready for encystment for the 2014/15 pearl mussel reproductive season.

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