Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration
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.
A step-by-step description of the mussel propagation process shows readers tried and tested techniques, helping them avoid pitfalls that other practitioners have faced; Includes a description of the basic biology of freshwater mussels, helping readers understand how their life cycle will affect propagation efforts; A thorough analysis of the key questions to ask before starting a propagation program will help readers start the process with clear objectives in mind.
- 2018 United States Fish and Wildlife Service
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