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Feasibility and uses for freshwater mussel culture in Massachusetts

Eastern pondmussel, a species of special concern in MA


May 2015 - December 2017


Half of Massachusetts native freshwater mussel fauna are listed as
Endangered or Special Concern under MESA. Population augmentation
and re-introduction programs have been used to restore freshwater
mussel populations in other states for more than 20 years, and have
reported significant success with some species. We propose to test
the feasibility of mussel propagation at the US Fish and Wildlife
Service’s Cronin Aquatic Resource Center in Sunderland, MA. Siting of
a propagation facility in Massachusetts will increase collaboration with
other New England states for the management of regional populations,
increase collaboration with academic and Federal partners, and increase
competitiveness for funding sources. Ultimately, we hope to develop a
successful restoration program in Massachusetts.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • Allison RoyCo-Principal Investigator
  • Peter HazeltonPrincipal Investigator
  • David PerkinsCo-Principal Investigator
  • Stephanie GillStudent
  • Evan FerraroneStudent
  • Cameron YoungStudent
  • Rachel SchutesStudent
  • Alexus WangStudent
  • Jadziah Hannon-MoonstoneStudent
  • Virginia SowersStudent
  • Ayla SkorupaStudent
  • Sean SterrettStaff
  • Timothy WarrenStaff
  • Sophia LyStudent
  • Emily LozierStudent
  • Deanna KenyonStudent
  • Kate FroburgStudent

Funding Agencies

  • University of Massachusetts College of Natural Science
  • University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey