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Aquatic Protected Areas in the Great Lakes: Inventory, Evaluation andGap Analysis

The proposed project will summarize our current knowledge of the   extent and effectiveness of aquatic protected areas (APAs) developed   to protect Great Lakes fishes. It will include an inventory of past   and present APAs, an evaluation of the effectiveness of these APAs,   and a gap analysis to identify fish biodiversity not protected by   existing APAs. The objectives of the project are: 1)To develop an   inventory of all past and present APAs established to protect Great   Lakes fishes; 2)To summarize all known evaluations of the   effectiveness of the APAs; 3)To conduct a standardized evaluation   of the effectiveness of the APAs; 4)To conduct a gap analysis to   identify fish biodiversity not protected by existing APAs; and, 5)To   identify APA research priorities in the Great Lakes.    Past and present APAs in the Great Lakes basin, and existing   evaluations of these APAs, will be identified by reviewing existing   literature, and by contacting all relevant federal, provincial and   state agencies. The inventory of APAs will include information such   as location, dates of operation, reason for designation, and nature   of protection. In addition to summarizing existing evaluations, the   effectiveness of all APAs in the Great Lakes basin will be evaluated   using standardized criteria. A gap analysis will be conducted by   overlaying the distribution of existing APAs onto fish biodiversity   layers in the Great Lakes basin. These distributions will be derived   from a Great Lakes fish atlas currently being developed.    Managing aquatic SAR is a high priority of most federal, provincial   and state resource agencies, and APAs are an emerging alternative   for managing SAR. Managing SAR in the Great Lakes basin requires   inter-jurisdictional cooperation and coordination. The GLFC can play   a key role in facilitating such coordination. The proposed project   directly addresses the GLFC Vision Statement on Healthy Ecosystems   which states: "The Commission shall encourage the rehabilitation and   conservation of healthy aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes -   Conserving biological diversity through rehabilitation of native   fish populations, species, communities, and their habitats has a   high priority."    

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Ora JohannssonPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Marten KoopsPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Nick MandrakPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 3 projects
Agencies
Great Lakes Fishery Commission $ 57,000.00CADActual

Funding 54 projects for a total of $5,089,137.00
Scope of Study
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Community
Ecosystem
Landscape
Organism
Population
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Detroit River
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Ontario
Lake St. Clair
Lake Superior
St. Clair River
St. Marys River
St.Lawrence River
State Province
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan
Minnesota
New York
Ohio
Ontario
Pennsylvania
Wisconsin
Annex Numbers
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Surveillance and Monitoring
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17

The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Research Inventory is an
interactive, Internet-based, searchable database created as a tool to collect and disseminate
up-to-date information about research projects in the
Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Region.