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Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration

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Freshwater mussels are declining rapidly worldwide. Propagation has the potential to restore numbers of these remarkable organisms, preventing extinction of rare species and maintaining the many benefits that they bring to aquatic ecosystems. Written by practitioners with firsthand experience of propagation programs, this practical book is a thorough guide to the subject, taking readers through the process from start to finish. The latest propagation and culture techniques are explored as readers follow freshwater mussels through their amazing and complex life cycle. Topics covered include the basics of building a culture facility, collecting and maintaining brood stock, collecting host species, infesting host species with larval mussels, collecting and culturing juvenile mussels, releasing juveniles to the wild, and post-release monitoring. This will be valuable reading for any biologist interested in the conservation of freshwater mussel populations.


'Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration … is an instructive manuscript on mussel propagation to abate threatened and endangered species or manage population density using a detailed plan for freshwater mussel culture. The images and figures in the book are excellent quality and give the reader thorough text and imagery. [The authors] have choreographed a must have tool, for freshwater mussel biologists and culturists, that details freshwater mussel ecology, life history, biology, husbandry, and most importantly sustainability.'

Matthew Wipf - American Fisheries Society

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