A Preliminary Survey on Settlement and Recruitment Patterns of Mediterranean Mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in Dardanelles, Turkey

Yildiz H., LÖK A., ACARLI S., SERDAR S., Kose A.

KAFKAS UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, vol.16, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


In this study, the settlement and growth of the Mediterranean mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, was monitored from September 2002 to February 2004 in Kilya Bay, Dardanelles. Water temperature ranged between 8.3-25 degrees C, the average chlorophyll-a was 0.70 mu gL(-1). The mussel abundances on the ropes in Kilya Bay, indicated the highest density of mussels in November 2002 (14184 ind. 0.25 m(-1)) and March 2003 (15485 ind. 0.25 m(-1)) and lowest in February 2004 (3713 ind. 0.25 m(-1)). Settlement was significantly different between samplings (P<0.05). At the end of 18 months. 91.36% of spat on rope was smaller than 2.8 mm. The highest percentage of length class was 1.5-2.79 mm with 40.26%. Even though mussel size reached a maximum of 55.7 mm, their density was very low, 0.20%.