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Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration


Chris Barnhart, Matthew A. Patterson, Jess W. Jones, Catherine M. Gatenby, Tony Brady, Julie L. Devers, Nathan Eckert, Rachel Mair, Bryan R. Simmons
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  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108445313

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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.

    • 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
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    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108445313
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 229 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Forward Chris Barnhart
    Note from the authors
    1. Why propagate freshwater mussels? Matthew A. Patterson, Jess W. Jones and Catherine M. Gatenby
    2. Biology of freshwater mussels Matthew A. Patterson
    3. Host species identification, acquisition and captive care Tony Brady and Catherine M. Gatenby
    4. Brood stock collection, transportation and captive care Julie L. Devers and Matthew A. Patterson
    5. Larval metamorphosis and juvenile mussel collection Nathan Eckert
    6. Juvenile mussel culture Rachel Mair
    7. Juvenile mussel release and monitoring Bryan R. Simmons, Matthew A. Patterson and Jess W. Jones
    8. Building a freshwater mussel propagation facility Catherine M. Gatenby and Nathan Eckert
    Appendix A. Genoa National Fish Hatchery fish infestation monitoring form
    Appendix B. Genoa National Fish Hatchery juvenile mussel monitoring form
    Appendix C. Genoa National Fish Hatchery datasheet for brood stock check-in
    Appendix D. Freshwater mussel propagation facilities in the United States
    Appendix E. Algae culture for freshwater mussel propagation. A companion manual to the online video tutorial

  • Authors

    Matthew A. Patterson, United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, West Virginia

    Rachel A. Mair, US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Nathan L. Eckert, US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Catherine M. Gatenby, US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Tony Brady, US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Jess W. Jones, Virginia Tech University

    Bryan R. Simmons, US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Julie L. Devers, US Fish and Wildlife Service


    Chris Barnhart, Matthew A. Patterson, Jess W. Jones, Catherine M. Gatenby, Tony Brady, Julie L. Devers, Nathan Eckert, Rachel Mair, Bryan R. Simmons

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