Ecology and distribution of invasive mussel species (Mytella charruana) in the Philippines: Inputs to management

The primary aim of this study is to determine the distribution and ecology of potentially invasive mussel species (Mytella charruana) in Philippine waters, the impacts of this species on mussel growers, and how local government units respond to such phenomena and the resulting, if present, utilization of local communities of this species.

Field studies on the competition of invasive with other bivalves such as Perna virides and Crassostrea iredalei will also be conducted in sites with existing and suspected presence of invasive species.

This study will also be an excellent opportunity to examine local and national policies in occasions when presence of invasive species with commercial value is discovered in Philippine waters.

Project Leaders

Dr. Harold M. Monteclaro

Dr. Harold M. Monteclaro

Institute Of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
UP Visayas
+63 33 315 8381

Target Beneficiaries

  • Mussel farmers
  • LGUs
  • NGAs
  • Policy makers
  • Researchers
  • Consuming public


  • Philippines