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A charity dedicated to the understanding and effective management of fresh waters and the organisms that live within or are associated with them throughout the world.

FBA Project Manager Position

The FBA is a charity dedicated to the understanding and the sustainable management of fresh waters around the globe. Founded in 1929, we are a membership organisation with a rich history and we pride ourselves on being one of the finest sources of freshwater information in the world.

We are seeking to appoint a Project Manager, responsible for leading the delivery of a new flagship project funded by Biffa Award, and supported by Natural England and the Environment Agency, to enable the re-introduction of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) into to several rivers in England.

FBA successful in bid to Biffa Award for project on pearl mussel river restoration

The FBA is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Biffa Award grant for approx. £1.5 million (over 3 years) to work with partners to restore freshwater pearl mussel habitat in key English rivers and to trial reintroductions of juvenile mussel reared in the FBA Freshwater Pearl Mussel Ark. We are very excited about the important work this project will deliver and acknowledge Biffa Award for this opportunity to carry out such vital work to help safeguard this critically endangered species in England.


Bill Brierley starts as FBA Chief Executive

We are very pleased to announce that Bill Brierley has now taken up his post as Chief Executive of the Freshwater Biological Association and we wish him every success in his new role.

Latest issue of FBA News is out now!

The latest issue of FBA News (Autumn/Winter 2014/15, No. 64) has now been published and, if you are a Member, should be arriving on your doormat shortly, or via email as a PDF today. If you have not signed up for a print copy, you will automatically receive a PDF version via email - if you do not receive it, please let us know at Please also notify us at if you change your email address, so we can update our records accordingly.

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FBA's 2015 Course Programme is now available

The FBA's 2015 Course Programme is now available. For more information and to book a place, please contact us at or ring 015394 42468. For a full course programme and downloadable booking form, please visit

Freshwater Reviews Special Issue – Call for papers on EU Water Framework Directive

Freshwater Reviews is delighted to announce the intension to publish its first Special Issue on the topic of the EU Water Framework Directive in December 2015. Potential authors are invited to submit review papers or outlines for reviews now, for consideration by the editor. Freshwater Reviews is a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal publishing both online and in print. Potential authors can find additional information about style guidelines and submission on our “For Authors” page here, or contact the editor, Prof. Colin S. Reynolds at to discuss your submission.

Bill Brierley accepts the post of Chief Executive of the Freshwater Biological Association

The FBA is delighted to announce that Bill Brierley has accepted the post of Chief Executive of the Freshwater Biological Association. There were more than 20 applications who were screened and completed a rigorous selection process. Five candidates were interviewed for the position by a Sub-Group of members of Council. Following a challenging interview process Bill Brierley was the successful candidate. I am sure you would wish to join with us in congratulating Bill on his success.

The FBA Annual General Meeting

The FBA AGM ( is being held on 27th October, the meeting is being held as part of the West Midlands and North-West England Freshwater Group (WM & NWE FG), the programme can be accessed by clicking on this link:

Small research grant - Gilson Le Cren Memorial Award 2015

A reminder to FBA members that those wishing to apply for the Gilson Le Cren Memorial Award 2015 should submit their application between 16 October and 16 November 2014. The Gilson Le Cren Award is an annual grant (up to £4000) given by the FBA to support scientific research into freshwater biology. For further details, go to:

Pearl Mussels at the FBA have already released glochidia

Six out of seven mussel populations from the ARK project have already encysted our fish. Encystments have been observed in salmon, trout and arctic charr. The glochidia are now 70-80 microns in length, still a long way to go until they reach the sufficient size to drop off (400 microns in length).

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