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Journal of Food Technology
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 221 - 224

Condition Indices of Mediterranean Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis L. 1819) Growing on Suspended Ropes in Dardanelles

Harun Yildiz, Mustafa Palaz and Musa Bulut    

Abstract: The present study was conducted in Kilya (Poyraz) Bay, Dardanelles in May 2002 April 2003. Seasonal variations of condition indices of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis L. 1819) was discussed in connection with some environmental parameters such as temperature, salinity, seston and chlorophyll-a. This study, testified that there is a statistical relation between condition indices and cholorophyll-a (p<0.05). The mussel condition indices in infralittoral zone were 24% higher than the in mediolittoral zone in Dardanelles. It is observed that the condition indices reached highest levels in May and June. Due to spawning, there was a sharp fall in July. While the condition indices is ascending in summer, it was at low levels in winter. According to the results, condition indices of mussels in Dardanelles is suitable for mussel culture. The optimum harvest period of mussels in Dardanelles is also determined as May-June.

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