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Implications for Conservation

David L. Strayer

in Freshwater Mussel Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255265
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255265.003.0008
Implications for Conservation

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This chapter argues that human actions have changed the contexts in which mussel populations operate. Attempts to explain mussel distribution and abundance must include humans, and attempts to understand or manage the effects of humans on mussel species must consider all five classes of controlling factors—dispersal, habitat, fish hosts, food, and enemies. It seems likely that contemporary mussel populations are far from equilibrium with respect to past human impacts, so that the full effects of past human actions will not be seen for decades to centuries.

Keywords: unionoid population; mussel populations; conservation; human action

Chapter.  1644 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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