COMMENTARY: Quagga mussels impact Lake Michigan salmon The Daily Reporter (6/15) Where did the invasive quagga mussels originate? It probably came from the discharge of ballast water from ocean ships. And now, it's part of the Great Lakes ecosystem. It's a new problem that impacts every aspect of the lake food chain.
Invaders of the Great Lakes... Sea Lamprey WBFO - Buffalo, NY (6/1) Like a vampire, the sea lamprey latches onto its prey and sucks the blood and nutrients out of fish in all of the Great Lakes. Krebill, a biological science technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a part of a team whose job it is to control the invasive species.
Stockbridge HS invention to monitor Great Lakes pest Lansing State Journal (5/27) In Michigan, a team of Stockbridge High School students has spent the past year designing an underwater camera to keep tabs on the state’s fight against invasive sea lampreys. Next week their invention will get its first real test.
Sea lamprey control planned for Chippewa, Pine rivers Midland Daily News (5/12) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Chippewa and Pine River systems in Isabella and Midland counties, in Mich., to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom.
Great Lakes Science Waves (4/26) The latest edition of Great Lakes Science Waves, the newsletter of the U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center, is now available online. Topics include the Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2016, pheromone technology for sea lamprey control, and more.
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.