Through the Aquatic Invasive Species Annex of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the United States and Canada have committed to “… contribute to the achievement of the General and Specific Objectives of this Agreement. Through this Annex the Parties shall establish a binational strategy to prevent the introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), to control or reduce the spread of existing AIS, and to eradicate, where feasible, existing AIS within the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”
The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force works to stop the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. Since its inception, the Task Force has coordinated state and provincial efforts to combat AIS through strategic regional action.
The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species coordinates education, research, management and policy efforts to prevent new AIS from entering the basin and to control and mitigate those AIS populations already established. The Great Lakes Panel is one of six regional panels that report to the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, which coordinates AIS efforts on a federal level.
Risk assessments identify, evaluate, and estimate the level of risk of a potential invasive species or pathway. They are an important tool in invasive species management, and are used to inform, prevent, prioritize, and respond.
The goal of these two databases is to provide a record of completed risk assessments relevant to North America. These assessments have been completed by a range of government and non-government organizations.
The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species convened a Risk Assessment Ad Hoc Committee in 2016, with a charge to improve regional species and pathway risk assessment coordination, and to develop a scope of work for the development of a risk assessment clearinghouse. This clearinghouse includes summaries of risk assessments conducted throughout the Great Lakes region to improve access to risk assessment information and provide at-a-glance information about different risk assessment methodologies.
This report provides an assessment of progress toward harmonization of prohibited AIS in Great Lakes states and provinces over the last decade, including a comparison of current regulated species lists across the Great Lakes basin to regulations that existed in 2012, the first time that a comprehensive list of all regulated aquatic invasive species was compiled for the basin.
This guide contains recommendations and guidelines for the inspection and cleaning of watercraft, trailers and equipment used in aquatic environments, to prevent the introduction and propagation of aquatic invasive species. The activities covered include sport fishing, nautical activities and pleasure boating, and inventories or sampling carried out in aquatic environments.
This risk assessment report was conducted to define the priority pathways through which aquatic plant species may move throughout the Great Lakes region and identify gaps in knowledge, management, compliance and law enforcement, and education for these pathways. The results of this risk assessment are intended to guide future activities that may reduce the risk of introduction of aquatic plants into waterways across the Great Lakes region.
Québec’s source water protection efforts are advanced under the guidance of this policy document. It incorporates lessons learned since the passing of the 2002 Water Policy and was created with input from 140 water sector organizations and hundreds of public comments. The strategy will be implemented through three successive action plans, with the first plan outlining proposed source water protection activities from 2018 to 2023.
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative is developing an adaptive management strategy called the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). This framework will change the way Phragmites is managed throughout the Great Lakes basin and lead to approaches that maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Phragmites management.
GLANSIS is an inter-agency, Great Lakes-specific database for Aquatic Nonindigenous Species (ANS) information.
Developed annually since 2010, the action plan is designed to prevent the spread of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The action plan incorporates advances in the most current science making it a continually evolving foundation for the work of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee partnership — a collaboration of 27 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, and provincial agencies and organizations.
AsianCarp.us provides up-to-date information on ongoing efforts to prevent Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes and beyond. We invite you to learn more about the work of federal, provincial, state and local partners as we join together to prevent the spread of these destructive fish.
Québec's Maritime Strategy, the first such strategy in Québec’s history, presents a perspective up to 2030 and sets out an action plan for the period 2015-2020.
The plan seeks to foster sustainable growth in Québec’s maritime economy and encourage the creation of quality jobs in all regions of Québec. It also seeks to protect the integrity of Québec’s river and marine ecosystems while enhancing the betterment of communities in the maritime territory.
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) is a regional partnership established to improve communication and collaboration and lead to more coordinated, efficient, and strategic approaches to non-native Phragmites management, restoration, and research across the Great Lakes basin in both the United States and Canada.
The Lake Ontario Biodiversity Conservation Strategy report presents the recommendations of a bi- national strategy to protect and restore, to the full extent possible, the native biodiversity and critical natural processes of Lake Ontario (including the Upper St. Lawrence River). The Lake Ontario Biodiversity Conservation Strategy focuses on key ecosystem components (referred to as biodiversity targets in this report), identifies the threats to the viability of these seven biodiversity targets, and recommends a framework for action to protect and restore the lake.
The key elements of the Lake Ontario LaMP's Binational Biodiversity Conservation Strategy are: 1) the integration of action priorities into existing programs and place-based planning activities especially within key watersheds, an activity best done by local governments and organizations and; 2) regional coordination of lakewide scale biodiversity monitoring and restoration activities. This LaMP implementation strategy lists the key recommendations provided in The Beautiful Lake report to be formally adopted by the LaMP.
The National Park Service Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook summarizes the current state of NPS climate adaptation and key approaches currently in practice or considered for climate change adaptation in coastal areas in order to guide adaptation planning in coastal parks. The chapters focus on policy, planning, cultural resources, natural resources, facility management, and communication/education. The handbook highlights processes, tools and examples that are applicable to many types of NPS plans and decisions.
When waterfowl populations in North America languished at historic lows, the waterfowl management community in the United States and Canada developed a strategy, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, to restore waterfowl through habitat protection, restoration and enhancement. Signed in 1986 by the United States and Canada and in 1994 by Mexico, the plan is the foundational bird conservation partnership, an unprecedented recognition of the need for international cooperation to help recover shared resources.