You may have had mussels steamed in a bit of white wine and butter, but they most likely weren’t mussels from lakes, rivers, or creeks in Texas.
“They’re taking in all kinds of things that can be found in streams and rivers. And so they could be toxic,” cautioned May.
Not exactly appetizing. And maybe worse is what it says about the state of those Texas waterways.
“(Mussels) are an organism we consider a biological indicator of the health of the system,” said May.”Once the mussels start going, other organisms are going to follow.”
Some studies have indicated the population of native Texas freshwater mussels has been declining, so much that five species are now on a list of candidates for designation under the Federal Endangered Species Act.