Aquatic invasive species threaten the ecological health of the Great Lakes by competing for food and habitat and disrupting the aquatic food chain. Their spread is also an economic threat to communities and businesses throughout the region.
This Blue Accounting pilot program will support and serve established regional efforts to promote collaboration and effective management of AIS. The program, modeled on the successful Great Lakes sea lamprey management program, will focus both on preventing new species from entering the watershed and better managing established invasive species.
Working with existing groups, this pilot program will facilitate and measure progress toward comprehensive and complementary policies and management practices that ensure healthy, abundant wildlife and a sustainable water-based economy.