What's New Are sea lampreys in a river near you? Port Clinton News Herald (3/5) Sea lampreys are believed to be coming down from Lake Huron through the Detroit and St. Clair rivers and into Lake Erie, causing declines in whitefish, trout, and walleye populations.
Recapping the 2013 sea lamprey control field season (12/13) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2013 Sea Lamprey Control Program field season has come to a close. During the field season, sea lamprey control staff based in Marquette and Ludington, Mich., worked around the clock in order to reduce the impacts of the invasive sea lamprey on the Great Lakes ecosystem.
GLFC's new online video database (10/31) This week, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission launched an engaging, open-access video database on its website. The videos, available streaming and in HD, chronicle sea lamprey in the wild, sea lamprey spawning, various aspects of the sea lamprey control program, and cutting edge fisheries research.
How to beat the sea lamprey with its own pheromones, bile salts The Christian Science Monitor (10/11) The silver lamprey, a cousin to the sea lamprey but a native to the Great Lakes, doesn't shares the sea lamprey's predilection for bile salts. Thatís a find that could help researchers develop traps sparing the native lamprey species.
Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) are predaceous, eel-like fish native to the coastal regions of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They entered the Great Lakes through the Welland Canal about 1921. They contributed greatly to the decline of whitefish and lake trout in the Great Lakes. Since 1956, the governments of the United States and Canada, working jointly through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, have implemented a successful sea lamprey control program.
This series of pictures shows a close-up of a lamprey's mouth, lampreys attached to a lake trout, and the damage resulting from a lamprey attack.
Photo Credit: 1 and 4: Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Exotic Species Graphics Library; 2: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 3: Great Lakes Fishery Commission. For more photos, see the Sea Lamprey Fishtank.
Petromyzon marinus U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Nonindigenous occurrences, means of introduction, and impact of the Sea Lamprey.
Sea Lamprey University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute This fact sheet gives a brief description of the sea lamprey.
Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site (SGNIS) Includes scientifically reviewed articles as well as images from Sea Grant researchers.
Sea Lamprey Control Program Great Lakes Fishery Commission The GLFC's program of integrated sea lamprey management includes lampricide control, construction of barriers in streams to deny sea lampreys' entry, and an experimental program to reduce spawning success by releasing sterilized-male sea lampreys. The program has successfully allowed the re-emergence of the largest freshwater fishery in the world.
Sea Lamprey Factsheet U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center Outlines the impacts of Sea Lamprey populations in the Great Lakes, research and treatments to protect native fish populations.