Research priorities for freshwater mussel conservation assessment

Noé Ferreira-Rodríguez, Yoshihiro B. Akiyama, Olga V. Aksenova, Rafael Araujo, M. Christopher Barnhart, Yulia V. Bespalaya, Arthur E. Bogan, Ivan N. Bolotov, Prem B. Budha, Cristhian Clavijo, Susan J. Clearwater, Gustavo Darrigran, Van Tu Do, Karel Douda, Elsa Froufe, Clemens Gumpinger, Lennart Henrikson, Chris L. Humphrey, Nathan A. Johnson, Olga KlishkoMichael W. Klunzinger, Satit Kovitvadhi, Uthaiwan Kovitvadhi, Jasna Lajtner, Manuel Lopes-Lima, Evelyn A. Moorkens, Shigeya Nagayama, Karl Otto Nagel, Mitsunori Nakano, Junjiro N. Negishi, Paz Ondina, Panu Oulasvirta, Vincent Prié, Nicoletta Riccardi, Mudīte Rudzīte, Fran Sheldon, Ronaldo Sousa, David L. Strayer, Motoi Takeuchi, Jouni Taskinen, Amilcar Teixeira, Jeremy S. Tiemann, Maria Urbańska, Simone Varandas, Maxim V. Vinarski, Barry J. Wicklow, Tadeusz Zając, Caryn C. Vaughn

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalBiological Conservation
Volume231
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Extrinsic factors
  • Indicators
  • Intrinsic factors
  • Management
  • Threats
  • Unionida

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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    Ferreira-Rodríguez, N., Akiyama, Y. B., Aksenova, O. V., Araujo, R., Christopher Barnhart, M., Bespalaya, Y. V., Bogan, A. E., Bolotov, I. N., Budha, P. B., Clavijo, C., Clearwater, S. J., Darrigran, G., Do, V. T., Douda, K., Froufe, E., Gumpinger, C., Henrikson, L., Humphrey, C. L., Johnson, N. A., ... Vaughn, C. C. (2019). Research priorities for freshwater mussel conservation assessment. Biological Conservation, 231, 77-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.01.002