CAN WE CLEAN THE OCEAN WITH MUSSELS ?
The answer is: Yes we can! In fact, one of IBCSD’s members, PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Tbk is currently working on a project called “Asian Green Mussel Restoration Project”. After all the other successful programs existing such as “Ancol Zero Waste”, to “Ancol Styrofoam Free Area” and “Beach Cleanup”, Ancol now focuses not on their land, but the ocean, by doing this Green Mussel Project.
The benefit of using mussels (and oysters) as a natural water filter has been proved by “billion Oyster Project” in New York, “Revive our Gulf” in New Zealand. The mussels helps improving water quality and yet very good for biodiversity. It is a hard substrate, which is a good place for other sea creatures to lay eggs, and also works as an anchor for aquatic plants. The vertical structure of the shelter also makes a good habitat for small fishes and grass shrimps. Another thing is mussels also can be the food for other species.
This project main goal is to restore the existence of green mussels as filter feeder, which improves the water quality. Therefore, Ancol is currently working on providing an understanding of the importance of green mussels for the ecosystem, and the function of it in the system itself. That is why increasing public awareness about how the habitat has decrease is such an important step. While doing this, the ‘technology’ is now starting to be implemented in Danau Ancol as the pilot project.