Research Priorities for Freshwater Mussel Conservation Assessment
Unionida, indicators, threats, management
Freshwater mussels are declining globally, and effective conservation requires prioritizing research and actions to identify and mitigate threats impacting mussel species. Conservation priorities vary widely, ranging from preventing imminent extinction to maintaining abundant populations. Here, we develop a portfolio of priority research topics for freshwater mussel conservation assessment. To address these topics, we group research priorities into two categories: intrinsic or extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are indicators of organismal or population status, while extrinsic factors encompass environmental variables and threats. An understanding of intrinsic factors is useful in monitoring, and of extrinsic factors are important to understand ongoing and potential impacts on conservation status. This dual approach can guide conservation status assessments prior to the establishment of priority species and implementation of conservation management actions.
Ferreira-Rodríguez, Noé, Yoshihiro B. Akiyama, Olga V. Aksenova, Rafael Araujo, M. Christopher Barnhart, Yulia V. Bespalaya, Arthur E. Bogan et al. "Research priorities for freshwater mussel conservation assessment." Biological Conservation 231 (2019): 77-87.
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