Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Missouri
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Missouri Project

A strategic path forward for mussel conservation in the state of Missouri

July 2015 - July 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Missouri Department of Conservation

Our overarching goal is to propose a strategic framework to guide state-level mussel conservation programs. To do so, we first document current state-level management actions, strategies, and resources used to manage freshwater mussels through an online survey of personnel from state natural resource agencies. Second, we detail our mussel conservation assessment strategy and describe its proposed implementation in the state of Missouri. With full understanding of the resource limitations and challenges to mussel conservation, we explore the potential of our approach to improve the effectiveness of mussel conservation efforts through strategic planning and implementation of restoration actions.