This forum will not allow you to post about illegal activities. We have a responsibility to support legal and ethical behavior in respect to all things relating to the inhabitants of our native waters. Please do not break any laws, and please do not post about any illegal activities. I am not aware of the laws in every members state, but please make sure that you are aware of your state laws and are following them.
I agree, mussels are under pressure from many fronts, pollution, habitat loss and competition from invasive species. I collected Asian clams at least party for those reasons, their small size being a consideration as well.
Someone said something about the invasive mussels and why would anyone want to keep them... if they weren't such a danger I think it would be at least an interesting oddity to have them in a freshwater aquarium, of course I have set up freshwater tanks with lots of odd invertebrates over the years from green sponges to green hydra to large colonies of bryozoans. In some ways fresh (dirty and already water logged) bogwood is similar to live rock in a marine aquarium, lots of interesting hitch hikers!
We keep native fish completely at the whim of the government and our sources can be cut off at anytime by easily passed laws. We should strive to follow the laws as closely as possible and educate our selves so we don't inadvertently cause problems.
We should strive to at least be part of the solution rather than part of the problem..
Oh yeah, to answer my own question:http://www.ask.com/p...123b1a8f25e2da0