Public values of aquatic invasive species management

Project manager: Amit Pradhananga

Funded by: Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

Description: The overall goal of this project is to quantify and analyze the ecological and economic value of AIS damages and AIS management as they relate to ecosystem services such as fishing, swimming, biodiversity, and navigability. We will employ a multi-pronged approach, including:

  • Estimating public benefits of AIS management
  • Analyzing costs of carp management and effectiveness of carp management as a strategy for water clarity restoration
  • Developing a broad AIS analysis framework, which we will use to estimate efficient carp management

Specific outcomes of the study include a comprehensive AIS valuation data compilation for use by other researchers, and an eco-economic programming model to predict the economic and ecological repercussions of using AIS prevention and control initiatives.

This project is important because even if the direct costs of AIS management are known, a lack of information about the potential benefits of AIS management makes informed decision-making difficult. With an accurate assessment of the costs and benefits of AIS management strategies, as well as information on public perception, resource managers will be better prepared to efficiently and effectively invest management resources.

Project start date: 2018

Estimated project end date: 2020