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Smart Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species in Lake Michigan Coastal Counties of Wisconsin

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are of growing concern to resource   managers and the general public, and it is clear that prevention is   the key to minimizing adverse impacts. Tools for efficiently   targeting invasive species prevention efforts have not been   developed. Resource managers need a way to identify which areas are   most vulnerable to specific AIS so that prevention efforts can be   directed to where they will do the most good. This project will   identify ecosystems vulnerable to aquatic invaders for a suite of   coastal Great Lakes counties spanning from Kenosha to Manitowoc   counties. We will map the distributions of two AIS (rusty crayfish,   zebra mussel) from existing data, through collaboration with the   Department of Natural Resources biologists in the region, and our   own   field surveys. This information will be analyzed in a Geographic   information System (GIS), and used to develop predictive models that   identify individual lakes and streams that are most likely to be   invaded and adversely impacted by specific AIS. Emphasis will be on   rusty crayfish movements from inland tributaries to Great Lake   coastal ecosystems, a linkage which is poorly-known. An upcoming   Phase II will build on the above planning efforts and will implement   this invasive species prevention approach through collaboration with   Department of Natural Resources and other stakeholders in Ozaukee,   Sheboygan, and Manitowoc counties.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Ecosystem
Population
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
State Province
Wisconsin
Prevention and Introduction
Determination of Preventive
Spread of Established ANS Populations
Predictive Models
Socio-economic Consideration and Analysis
Resource Management Issues
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
General
Aquatic Nuisance Species
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

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