AIS Management Plans and Publications

Model Management Plans and Guidance

This document was presented to the Great Lakes states and provinces to advance interjurisdictional consistency for the prevention and control of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Although prepared specifically for the Great Lakes states and provinces, the model guidance also has applications for other jurisdictions in the region and beyond.

This document was presented to the Great Lakes states as guidance in developing comprehensive state management plans under Section 1204 of the federal Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (P.L. 101-646). Although prepared specifically for the Great Lakes states, this model plan also has application for other states and Canadian provinces.


State Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plans


Past Publications


This document provides a historical perspective and current status report on how Chicago waterways system has evolved as a primary vector for aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Although the main focus is on the threat of Asian carp invading the Great Lakes, there is also discussion on the interbasin exchange of all aquatic invasive species. The policy developments and underlying solutions to the problem with a specific focus on permanent separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins are also addressed.

This action plan promotes a unified and aggressive regional agenda that showcases and advances ongoing efforts to develop and implement comprehensive ANS state and provincial management plans, which are the primary mechanisms for ANS prevention and control efforts in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region at this time. It calls for regional and global approaches to ANS prevention and control; a primary emphasis on prevention of new introductions; interjurisdictional cooperation; comprehensive multi-disciplinary research; and a coordinated and responsive management structure. Augmenting the Action Plan is an Addendum adopted by the Great Lakes Panel which presents specific objectives and strategic actions designed to realize the Action Plan goals. Categories include management programs; research and monitoring; and information, education and collaboration.

This document is designed as an information resource in the development of regional policy on the prevention and control of Great Lakes nonindigenous invasive species (NIS). It was initially prepared for stakeholders participating in the regional workshop Great Lakes Nonindigenous Invasive Species, hosted by the U.S. EPA and the Great Lakes Commission in October 1999.

This proceedings document of the symposium Looking Forward, Looking Back: Assessing Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention and Control, which took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in May, 2001, includes the full symposium agenda and appendices.

These documents present the full proceedings (including agenda and attendees list) as well as the findings and recommendations from the April 1999 symposium sponsored by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.


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