Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species


The Great Lakes Panel focuses its efforts in three broad areas – Information/Education, Research Coordination, and Policy Coordination. Each focus area is supported through a committee comprised of Great Lakes Panel members with relevant interests and expertise. At times, the Great Lakes Panel also convenes ad hoc committees to address specific issues that emerge or assume tasks not covered by the standing committees.


Ad Hoc Committees

Ad hoc committees are established for a specific purpose (e.g., ballast water management policy, funding strategies for Panel operations, nomination of Panel officers) and for a specific period of time. Once the purpose for which the committee was formed has been accomplished, the committee will be disbanded.


Organisms in Trade Ad Hoc Committee

The ad hoc committee for organisms in trade (OIT) was formed to provide a forum to coordinate regional OIT initiatives and advance work to prevent AIS introduction and release via the OIT pathway in the Great Lakes region.


Information/Education Committee

The Information/Education Committee facilitates the coordination of ANS information/education (I/E) activities conducted in the Great Lakes region; builds partnerships between the various stakeholders involved in ANS I/E efforts; and promotes the development and delivery of consistent messages regarding ANS prevention and control.

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I/E Priorities Documents


Related Documents and Publications

  • Index of AIS Communication and Education Campaigns and Programs (2015) GLP members and observers contributed to this list of existing high-level AIS educational programs and outreach campaigns in the Great Lakes region with the goal of identifying gaps that need to be filled. If you know of additional items that should be included, please email [email protected]
  • United States Geological Survey Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database This website serves “as a central repository for spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of introduced aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information.”
  • Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! This outreach campaign targets boaters, recreational watercraft users, and others to minimize the movement of aquatic invasive species between bodies of water by following the “clean, drain, dry” protocol. The website contains resources that range from pamphlets to videos. Find all of the available resources in this catalog put together by Wildlife Forever.
  • Habitattitude US and Habitattitude Canada These websites provide information for “aquarium hobbyists, backyard pond owners, water gardeners, and others” about protecting their environments from aquatic invasive species. The focus is on preventing the release of unwanted plants or animals that may become invasive.
  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) This website provides information about HACCP training opportunities and the importance of understanding potential invasive species pathways so that plans can be developed to reduce the spread of species through these pathways.
  • Nab the Aquatic Invader This website provides resources for teachers and students. Games and activities teach students about aquatic invasive species and how they can help prevent their spread.
  • Ontario Invasive Species Education and Outreach Compendium (2013) This compendium provides an overview of education and outreach materials available in Ontario related to invasive species. It was put together by the Invasive Species Centre in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources , Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.
  • Voluntary Guidelines to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species:  Recreational Activities and Water Gardening (2013) These documents were developed to provide consistent, practical, and effective guidelines for outreach efforts to prevent the spread of AIS through water gardening and recreational activities. These invasive-species-prevention recommendations can be used by water gardeners and recreational water users to guide their activities, as well as by societies, retailers, and outreach professionals when they develop outreach tools for these users.
  • Great Lakes Aquatic Invasions booklet (2007) This booklet includes information about outreach, research, management, and policy related to aquatic invasive species prevention and control in the Great Lakes, and contains several model strategies and case studies.
  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Information and Education Materials Relevant to the Great Lakes Basin: Recommendations and Descriptive Inventory (1997) This document includes an overview of the I/E inventory project and the collective ANS I/E effort; a series of findings and recommendations on regional ANS I/E activities to help guide future efforts; and a descriptive inventory of ANS I/E materials relevant to the Great Lakes Basin.
  • Counterattack: Great Lakes Panel Targets Aquatic Nuisance Species (1992) This publication provides an overview of aquatic nuisance species in the Great Lakes Basin, including their economic and environmental impacts, the Nonindigenous ANS Prevention and Control Act of 1990, the national task force and the Great Lakes Panel.


Research Coordination Committee

The Research Coordination Committee provides a forum for ongoing dialogue and action among the parties who conduct, manage, sponsor or apply Great Lakes-related ANS research; enhances inter-regional communication and coordination of ANS research; and develops, maintains and disseminates an ANS research inventory database and associated policy recommendations regarding ANS research priorities.

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Research Priorities Documents


Related Documents and Publications


Policy Coordination Committee

The Policy Coordination Committee coordinates development and dissemination of Great Lakes Panel policy positions on key ANS issues; exchanges information on critical ANS policy issues; promotes development and implementation of state ANS management plans; and coordinates the Great Lakes Panel’s involvement in regional policy-related initiatives addressing ANS prevention and control.

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Policy Priorities Documents

AIS Priorities (2013)


Related Documents and Publications

Regulated Species in the Great Lakes Region (2013)Committee Mission, Goals, and Objectives (2011)


Other Documents

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