The Great Lakes are shared waters, and invasive species can only be effectively managed through consistent, coordinated policies and management across all relevant state, provincial, and federal jurisdictions. The Conservancy is designing strategies to engage private and public constituencies in the development of regionally consistent policies and management of aquatic invasive species across the Great Lakes states and provinces.
A consistent approach is essential to stem new invasive introductions, prevent the establishment and spread of new arrivals, and minimize the impact of already abundant and widespread non-native species. The states, provinces, private citizens, and industries must act in unison, because the weakest link becomes the pathway for AIS to enter the Great Lakes. AIS is a shared problem and will require a shared solution.
A binational agreement between Canada and the United States is in place to address the many challenges facing the Great Lakes, including aquatic invasive species.