A lot about the ecology of spiny water flea is not yet well understood; however, concern is high that this invasive species may cause major problems to lake ecosystems. At MAISRC, research focuses on slowing spread, indentifying long-term impacts, and evaluation the food web effects of these microscopic zooplankton. Click here to learn more about spiny water flea and their impacts.
- Evaluating fishing gear to determine what is most high-risk for accumulating spiny water flea. Results are showing that gear that is pulled through the water is riskier than stationary equipment such as anchor lines. This will help guide lake users in prioritizing what gear to pay most attention to when cleaning
- Quantifying the impacts of spiny water flea on walleye growth rates and food webs. Initial findings show that walleye in their first year grow more slowly in lakes invaded by zebra mussels and spiny water flea than in uninvaded lakes
- Analyzing lake sediments to identify the types, magnitude, and timing of changes that occur to lakes after spiny water flea invade
Additional information from MAISRC
- Direct and indirect effects of zebra mussel and spiny water flea on walleye
- How long have they been in the lake?
- Video: Impacts of zebra mussels and spiny water flea on walleye
- Video: Preventing the spread of spiny water flea
- You are what you eat: Beginning to understand how AIS disrupt sport fisheries
- How long has it been in the lake? Sediment reveals invasion history of spiny water flea
- Spiny water flea fouling fishing gear
- Fishing equipment and spreading spiny water flea: What’s the highest risk?
- New project launched to determine impacts of AIS on walleye
- What sediment cores can tell us about Lake Mille Lacs, walleye, and spiny waterflea
- New MAISRC research to determine long-term impacts of spiny waterflea
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