Mafia mussel: the fight to save a mollusc from the mob
As poaching of date mussels wrecks Naples’ reefs, police joined biologists to find the gangs behind it
Back when we lived out there – OK, different species of mussel – the growing technique was to spread the spawn on a piece of rope, tie it to the underside of a manhole cover and suspend into the sewage. Mussels are filter feeders and they just loved it, big fat and plump in no time.
Not hugely healthy for human beings given the local predeliction for eating them raw – as with oysters – and a bit of lemon but still……