Graham Sustainability Institute

Informing policy and practice for AIS cases in the Great Lakes using lessons learned from the sea lamprey control story

October 2019

The Laurentian Great Lakes are vulnerable to aquatic invasive species (AIS) which can affect native species by out-competing them for food and destroy their habitat. Historically, AIS have also impacted commercial and recreational activities in the region causing significant monetary costs. To date, approaches to managing invasive species have most often been reactive, rather than proactive, and implemented inconsistently across jurisdictions. In order to have an effective invasive species response, the authors conclude that agencies must have a plan that's coordinated with and integrated into a regional approach, possess or have access jointly to the necessary infrastructure and equipment, and be authorized and prepared to act collectively at appropriate scales. | Project Website