Fish and Wildlife Research Institute



North America has the greatest diversity of freshwater mussels in the world, and many of these species are highly imperiled. Biologists work to learn more about Florida’s freshwater mussels and clams.

Florida’s Freshwater Mussels and Clams

Read a brief introduction about Florida’s freshwater mussels and clams and access an additional resource to learn more.

Freshwater Mussel Host Fish Research

Researchers in Holt, Florida are studying freshwater mussel and host fish interactions to improve conservation efforts.

Freshwater Mussel Monitoring Flickr Set

View photos of researchers assessing the current status of freshwater mussels in Florida.

Freshwater Mussel Rediscovered

Biologists rediscovered a freshwater mussel not seen in 20 years while working in the Ochlockonee River.

FWC Facts:
Shrimping is done at night because at least two of the principal shrimp species harvested in Florida, the pink shrimp and the brown shrimp, are nocturnal.

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