International Symposium of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society - April 19-24, 2009 - Baltimore Marriott Waterfront - Baltimore, Maryland
About the Symposium

The most imperiled group of animals worldwide is also key to restoring water quality in rivers and lakes.

The Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society would like to invite YOU to the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland on April 19-24, 2009. The theme for the 2009 symposium is:
Healthy Mollusks = Healthy Rivers = Healthy People.


The Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society's 2009 International Symposium is shaping up to be a fantastic meeting, with speakers from around the world and Native American Tribes of North America. As always, the meeting will focus on the ongoing work of North American malacologists to restore, conserve, and understand our freshwater mollusks. In 2009, however, we will broaden the scope and reach beyond our organization to share information and learn from our international and tribal partners. The Society has a membership of 500, and 300 members generally attend our symposium. Membership is made up of agency, industry, non-governmental organizations and academicians from across North America, mostly from the eastern US and Canada but with an increasing overseas interest. We expect attendance at this meeting to be one of the largest ever as we have made a special effort to invite our international and tribal partners to make this event more national and international in scope.

Join us at this International Symposium of the FMCS to address global, national, and regional problems affecting freshwater mollusks, discuss new developments in propagation of this unique fauna, and learn strategies for protecting and conserving freshwater ecosystems.

Special session topics will include:

  • Advances in Propagation of Mussels
  • Pearl Culture
  • Life History & Population Ecology
  • Physiology and Reproductive Biology
  • Systems and Community Ecology/Freshwater Mussel Ecosystem Services
  • Habitat Restoration/Fish Passage/Connectivity
  • Maritime, Roads, and Rail: Transportation, Impacts and Opportunities
  • Water Quality and Ecotoxicology
  • Status of Mollusks on Tribal Lands
  • Conservation of Margaritiferidae
  • Status and Distribution of Mollusks
  • International Restoration Concerns
  • Evolution and Systematics
  • Outreach that Works
  • Conservation Genetics

For More Information Contact:
Catherine Gatenby, Ph.D.
Project Leader
White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
400 E. Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Or Visit:
Download: FMCS2009Flier.pdf

Note: Student travel grants and awards are available. To apply, complete and return the forms located on the FMCS Web site ( Please be sure to carefully follow all instructions.

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