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Highlights

Aquatic species invasions continue to pose one of the greatest risks to the health and productivity of our coastal marine ecosystems and the Great Lakes.

At least 162 nonindigenous aquatic species species have been documented in the Great Lakes.

Aquatic invasive species have been introduced to the Great Lakes primarily by ships, unintentional releases, intentional releases, canals, and rail or highway.

Source: Research and Management Priorities for Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Science & Policy

Aquatic Invasive Species

Research and Management Priorities for Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes

A science translation publication prepared by a special committee convened by the International Association for Great Lakes Research under the auspices of a grant from The Joyce Foundation to strengthen the science-policy linkage in the Great Lakes Basin. 2002.

Resources

To learn more about aquatic invasive species, consider the following resources.