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Re: Collecting in TN
> Thanks for responding, J.R. I believe you have just made the point for
> NANFA's main reason for existance. Not only mussels but many of our
> fishes are disappearing at an alarming rate, and almost exclusively
> of habitat degradation. There are some very beautiful and interesting
> mussels in Tennessee, some of which might well be suited for aquaculture.
> I sincerely hope we can come to some sort of understanding between
> and amateur naturists on one side, and professional conservationists and
> authorities on the other. Perhaps that will allow us all to work
> bring our native fauna to the attention of the masses before many more
> species are extinct.
> Mike Whitfield
And quickly, too. It hasn't been more than a couple of years since I saw
my first zebra mussel in Lake Chickamauga. On my last trip to Chattanooga
in January, they were the only living mussels I could find.