Multi-million pound project lauched to secure Donegal pearl mussels

A multi-million euro project has been launched aimed at securing the conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel in Donegal.

The County Council has been awarded funding under the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund.

It is thought that unless measures are put in place to ensure successful breeding and survival of juveniles, the existing populations of mussels will become extinct as the adults die off.

Dr Tony Mcnally is heading up the project for Donegal County Council: