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Ancol park launches mussel restoration project to clean seawater

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 10, 2019   /  02:33 pm
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Ancol Dreamland Park has launched an initiative to seed Ancol Lake with mussels, a filter feeder that could help cleanse the water of contaminants.(Shutterstock/-)

City-owned Ancol Dreamland Park has launched a program to cultivate a colony of green mussels in Ancol Lake to exploit the bivalve's natural filteration ability to help clean the bay's water. While research has shown that fish and mussels from Jakarta Bay are unsuitable for human consumption due to contamination by toxic and hazardous compounds ( B3 ), live green mussels have another benefit as a natural filter for polluted water. “This initiative is our contribution to help restore the seawater quality as well as [marine] biodiversity,” said the park’s spokeswoman, Rika Lestari. The amusement park, along with the Jakarta Forum and youth groups Teens Go Green, Alumni Sekolah Rakyat Ancol, Rumah Millenials and park visitors, launched its program on Sunday by distributing mussel seeds in several ...