Biodiversity & Conservation

Mytilus edulis beds on reduced salinity tide-swept infralittoral rock

IR.SIR.EstFa.MytT


<i>%Mytilus edulis%</i> beds on reduced salinity tide-swept infralittoral rock
Distribution map

IR.SIR.EstFa.MytT recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)


  • EC_Habitats

Marine natural heritage importance

Listed under EC Habitats Directive
National importance Scarce
Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1) Reefs
Estuaries

Biotope importance

The biotope may provide an important food source for starfish Asterias rubens and for flounder Platichthys flesus.

Exploitation

Mussels have been harvested for food and bait since early times. British mussel production is relatively small, comprising only 5% of total European Community production (Edwards, 1997). Edwards (1997) reported 10,347 tonnes of mussels landed in 1994 with a value of £32 million. However, collection in the strong tidal flow conditions that occur in this biotope is not believed to take place.

Additional information icon Additional information

The biotope relies on flowing water being present and so that factor should not be obstructed.


This review can be cited as follows:

Hiscock, K. 2001. Mytilus edulis beds on reduced salinity tide-swept infralittoral rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/10/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=259&code=1997>