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  Nova Scotia mussel growers will benefit from a set of
  recently published reports evaluating environmentally
  friendly cotton mussel socks, Fisheries Minister Jim
  Barkhouse said today.
  The study on dissolvable mussel socks was prepared in
  conjunction with the Nova Scotia Research Foundation
  Corporation. The reports present results from field
  experiments using different types and sizes of cotton socks.
  "Growth trials have shown that this type of socking will
  work in Nova Scotia. Both Spain and New Zealand, two leading
  mussel producing countries, use this method and we should
  explore opportunities for  using it here," said the
  Cotton socks are of similar construction to the plastic
  version now used by most Nova Scotia growers. Aquaculturists
  fill mesh tubes with small mussels and hang them vertically
  in the water column from a long line which is supported by
  floats. However, since the cotton sock will dissolve, they
  require a cord placed down the center to support the mussels
  as they grow.
  "Cotton socks offer several potential advantages over
  traditional socks," said project engineer Chuck McKenna. He
  said that the cotton sock will eliminate disposal problems
  with plastic mesh, plus the mussels and mud that remain
  inside the sock. "The central cord of the cotton sock is
  reusable and the cotton simply breaks apart and dissolves as
  the mussels grow out."
  Mr. McKenna said the cotton sock could also improve
  production. "Compared with the traditional plastic socks
  used here, it lends itself more to automation. This would
  cut down on labor costs and increase production," he said.
  Mussel farmers are being encouraged to read the reports and
  determine for themselves if the methods now used in Spain
  and New Zealand would benefit their businesses.
  Aquaculturists will find that the materials and equipment
  used in these countries are commercially available in
  Copies of the reports are available from the Technology and
  Inspection Division, Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries,
  P.O. Box 2223, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3C4, 902-424-4560.
  Contact: Diane Kenny  902-424-0308
  trp                       Jan. 31, 1996 - 8:37 a.m.