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Wednesday 18 September 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
What is being done to help save declining populations of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel? A whole lot! Come and hear about how a combination of research, habitat restoration, and captive breeding hope to save the species from local extinction.
The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is one of the most imperilled mussel species the UK, and indeed the world. Threatened by anthropogenic effects on its habitat, declines in local fish populations (it uses salmonids as a host for reproduction!) and aging mussel populations, time is almost up for this species in many of its native rivers.
However, a combination of research, habitat restoration and captive breeding are hoping to reverse the decline of the species, and secure remaining populations. Dr Louise Lavictoire will highlight previous conservation efforts surrounding this species and describe the objectives of a new four year project, which aims to restore mussel habitat and research the question, “What makes a successful reintroduction for the freshwater pearl mussel?”.
Dr Louise Lavictoire
Freshwater Biological Society