Who are we? Introduction to the FMCS
The Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) is dedicated to the conservation of and advocacy of freshwater mollusks, North America's most imperiled animals. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks who supports the stated purposes of the Society which are as follows: 1) Advocate conservation of freshwater molluscan resources, 2) Serve as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks, 3) Promote science-based management of freshwater mollusks, 4) Promote and facilitate education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems, 5) Assist with the facilitation of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels (Journal of Shellfish Research, 1999, Volume 17, Number 5), and a similar strategy under development for freshwater gastropods.

Mollusk Photo FMCS Organizational History

The FMCS traces its origins to 1992 when a symposium sponsored by the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, USFWS, Mussel Mitigation Trust, and Tennessee Shell Company brought concerned people to St. Louis, Missouri to discuss the status, conservation, and management of freshwater mussels. This meeting resulted in the formation of a working group to develop the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels and set the ground work for another freshwater mussel symposium. In 1995, the next symposium was also held in St. Louis, and both the 1992 and 1995 symposia had published proceedings. Then in March 1996, the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Research Association (MICRA) formed a mussel committee. It was this committee (National Native Mussel Conservation Committee) whose function it was to implement the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels by organizing a group of state, federal, and academic biologists, along with individuals from the commercial mussel industry.
In March 1998, the NNMCC and attendees of the Conservation, Captive Care and Propagation of Freshwater Mussels Symposium held in Columbus, OH, voted to form the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society. In November 1998, the executive board drafted a society constitution and voted to incorporate the FMCS as a not-for-profit society.
In March 1999, the FMCS held its first symposium "Musseling in on Biodiversity" in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during which the Society By-Laws were voted upon and were formally adopted on June 23, 1999. The symposium attracted 280 attendees; proceedings from that meeting are available for purchase.
The second symposium was held in March 2001 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third in March 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the fourth in St. Paul, Minnesota in May 2005, the fifth in Little Rock, Arkansas in March 2007, the sixth in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2009, and the seventh in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2011. The society also holds workshops on alternating years, and produces a newsletter three times a year.

FMCS Officers for 2021
Steve McMurray

Megan Bradley

Sarah Veselka

Missouri Dept. of Conservation
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
3500 East Gans Rd.
Columbia, MO 65201-8992 573.815.7900, x. 2925

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
322 North East Avenue Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA 54665

BioSurvey Group
PO Box 593, Morgantown,
WV 26507

Jeremy Tiemann
Nora Straquadine
Alan Christian
Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
607 East Peabody Drive, NRB Room 96 - Champaign IL

Stony Brook University 239 Montauk Highway Southampton, New York USA 11968

Ursinus College
99th E 9th Ave
Collegeville, PA 19426