The prime objective of The Malacological Society of Australasia (MSA) is to promote the study of molluscs. Our members include amateurs, students and scientists interested in the study, conservation or appreciation of molluscs. Information on membership and how to join
The MSA is working towards becoming the umbrella group in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and nearby countries in Asia and the Pacific) representing malacological interests. It is concerned with, and responds to, national and regional issues concerning conservation and funding for molluscan research, import/export controls etc. It has an international membership and is affiliated with other malacological groups including the American Malacological Union and the international organisation, Unitas Malacologica.
BRANCHES & AFFILIATED SOCIETIES
Branches of the society which meet regularly are established in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin. Other societies with similar interests are affiliate members.
The journal of the Society, Molluscan Research (formally Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia) has been publishing research papers annually since 1957. The newsletter, Australasian Shell News, published since 1953, appears quarterly. The Society may also publish special publications from time to time. Back issues of both the journal and newsletter are available for purchase.
MOLLUSC RESEARCH GRANTS
This grant scheme replaces the Keith Sutherland Award and supports research on molluscs by amateurs and students. Further information
CONSERVATION & ENDANGERED SPECIES
Society membership requires observance of a Code of Ethics regarding the collection of molluscs and is networked with the leading conservation organisations. The society is also working with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Mollusc Specialist Group to list Australia's threatened and endangered species of molluscs.
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