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Ecosystem Health of Large Lakes: Identifying Utility and Metrics

With funding from the GLFC four annual workshops will be held to   identify useful metrics of ecosystem health and how they relate to   the following questions: 1)Do large lakes and enclosed coastal seas   provide evidence for metrics of ecosystem health that can be related   to fish community changes (especially species loss (extinctions or   extirpations), gains (exotics/invasives) or replacement (natural   succession)? 2)Is there evidence that fisheries management regimes and  practices when applied along trophic gradients can contribute to a  debilitation or restoration of ecosystem health? 3)Does ecosystem   trophic status  affect fish health and consequently the health of   ecosystems? 4)Are there relatively simple and robust metrics and   models that fisheries managers can use to determine the risk of   degradation of ecosystem health or assess ecosystem reorganization to   alternative structural states?  The workshops will bring together   scientists from around the world with in small focussed workshop   setting to discuss the questions based on their own research and   experiences. Each workshop will produce a multi-authored publication   synthesizing the views presented at the workshop and any consensus on   ecoystem health metrics. 

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Ecosystem
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Ontario
Lake Superior
Out of Basin
Ecosystem Effects
Food Web Structure
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
    Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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