Aquatic Invasive Species
Council of Great Lakes Governors Applauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its recent proposal to list additional species under the Lacey Act.
In a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Council of Great Lakes Governors applauded it for its recent proposal to list species under the Lacey Act. In 2013, State and Provincial aquatic invasive species (AIS) experts identified four of these species – Yabby, Stone Moroko (topmouth gudgeon), Zander, and Wels Catfish – as posing an ecological risk if they were to enter the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. These species were included on the Governors’ and Premiers’ “least wanted” AIS list, which includes a total of 16 plant and animal species and is driving aggressive State and Provincial action to prohibit their transfer in the region, and have been proposed for inclusion on the Lacey Act list.
A full copy of the letter sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be found here.
Governors of Michigan and Ohio and Premier of Ontario commit to harmonize programs to combat Aquatic Invasive Species
On June 13, 2015 at the Leadership Summit of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, the Governors of Michigan and Ohio and the Premier of Ontario committed to the development of a pilot project to harmonize approaches to address Aquatic Invasive Species and further cooperation among their three jurisdictions. A copy of the full resolution that was signed at the Summit can be found here.
Governors' and Premiers' Mutual Aid Agreement Protects Region from Aquatic Invaders
In April 2014, the Governors and Premiers announced a Mutual Aid Agreement that empowers the States and Provinces to work together to address a serious regional threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS). As of March, 2015, all of the States and Provinces are moving forward to implement this agreement and better protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
- In September 2014, Michigan and Ohio led a joint exercise targeting grass carp in Lake Erie. Illinois, New York and Ontario assisted in this exercise.
- In May 2014, Illinois and Indiana led a joint exercise targeting Eurasian ruffe in Lake Michigan’s Calumet Harbor. Michigan and Minnesota also participated in this exercise.
For a signed copy of the Mutual Aid Agreement, click here.