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The Marine Sediment Monitoring Team at the Washington State Department of Ecology observed damage to mollusk shells while studying the benthic communities of Puget Sound. A pilot protocol was written to allow researchers to quantify the damage. Two researchers independently followed the protocol, including reference photos, for a set of samples collected in 2019 from an urban bay, East Possession Sound. Two scores were given to each specimen: highest-level damage and extent of highest-level damage. An additional score was given to bivalve species: rust/stain. The sets of scores were compared to determine if the protocol yielded similar values between the two researchers. The mean for highest-level damage (0.750, P-Value2in marine waters, potentially interfere with the ability of mollusk species to build and repair their shells.
Doffing, Lauren, "Validation of Pilot Protocol: Damage Scoring of Puget Sound Mollusk Shells" (2022). Environmental Science Undergraduate Theses. 5.