Freshwater Mussels on a Rock
West Branch Library
Monday, December 6 at 7:00 pm

Over half of Indiana's 79 freshwater mussel species are listed on the national Species of Greatest Conservation Need list by the U.S. Geological Survey. Over-harvest, habitat alteration and degradation, water quality issues, and the impacts of non-native species have all contributed to the decline of native mussels. Strategies now being employed for restoration of several of Indiana's rarest species include adult relocation, in situ cage culture, and captive rearing. These current techniques and future management strategies will be discussed.