CSP1102 - Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration

Course CodeCSP1102
Course TitleFreshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration
Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration is an introductory course designed to explore all culture activities associated with freshwater mussels. Participants will explore the latest culture techniques as they follow freshwater mussels through their entire life cycle in a culture facility, from the collection of gravid females to stocking cultured juvenile freshwater mussels. Following a basic introduction on mussel biology and the goals of mussel propagation, the course will cover the basics of building a culture facility, collecting and maintaining brood stock, collecting host species, inoculating host species with larval mussels, collecting and culturing juvenile mussels, and releasing juveniles to the wild.

Objectives:Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• describe the internal and external anatomy of a freshwater mussel

• design a freshwater mussel culture facility

• collect and maintain freshwater mussel brood stock in captivity

• collect and maintain host species in captivity

• harvest freshwater mussel larvae and inoculate host species

• collect newly metamorphosed juvenile mussels and culture them for release

• describe the advantages and disadvantages of the various techniques, equipment, and culture units used in freshwater mussel propagation throughout the United States.

• release and monitor cultured juvenile freshwater mussels

• maintain accurate records and publish results

Target Audience: Biologists interested in freshwater mussel biology and freshwater mussel culture techniques.

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactMatthew Patterson: matthew_patterson@fws.gov; (304) 876-7473; matthew_patterson@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryAquatic Species Biology and Conservation
Course FrequencyEvery other year
Registration LinkLMS
College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on1/17/2019 3:30:19 AM

Schedule:  CSP1102 - Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration