Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Control
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are recognized as one of the most significant threats to the ecological and economic health of the Great Lakes region. More than 180 non-native species are established in the lakes, many of which are invasive and cause harm. Progress is being made to prevent new invasions and reduce the damage from those species already here. Despite this, the region remains vulnerable to the introduction and spread of AIS and these threats are likely to evolve under a changing climate. Preventing the introduction of new AIS and controlling those already present is a long-standing priority for the GLC’s member states and provinces. The GLC utilizes its staff expertise, capacity as a facilitator, and relationships with AIS practitioners from both the public and private sector to advance effective, regional solutions for AIS prevention and control.