U of M seeking input from public on aquatic invasive species research
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) is seeking input from the public that will help guide its future research. Lakeshore property owners, anglers, watershed district board members, and any other concerned citizens are encouraged to submit their thoughts on the most pressing research needs for preventing or reversing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) throughout the state.
“We want to be responsive to the research needs of the state,” said Dr. Susan Galatowitsch, MAISRC Director. “We have several significant projects already underway and are looking ahead to what’s next. We encourage people to weigh in by November 17 so we can consider their input when developing our next round of projects.”
Input being gathered could include opinions about the need for new AIS detection and control tools, evaluation of economic impacts of AIS, new technologies, evaluation of AIS program effectiveness, and more. All ideas are welcome and anyone is encouraged to participate and provide their input. In addition to soliciting public input, MAISRC is seeking ideas from AIS managers around the state and other experts in the field of invasive species as part of a systematic research needs assessment process.
MAISRC is dedicated to using innovative science to identify biologically and economically sound solutions to Minnesota’s AIS problems. Current research projects include using eDNA to measure densities of invasive carps, developing pheromones and Judas fish techniques to control invasive carps, determining pathways of zebra mussel spread, investigating biocontrol of Eurasian watermilfoil, and more.
“Aquatic invasive species may seem unstoppable,” Dr. Galatowitsch added. “But there are success stories made possible through long-term dedicated commitments to research. We have that chance here in Minnesota, but research will need the support of citizens, natural resource organizations, and others.”
Please click here to complete the survey. Responses must be received by Monday, November 17th to be considered in this year’s research needs assessment. Information from this assessment will provide direction for the development of future research proposals.