Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species

Overview

In 2001, the Governors and Premiers committed to work together to address the threat of invasive species.  They formed a Task Force through what is now the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers charged with stopping the further introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.  Since that time, the Governors and Premiers have leveraged ongoing State and Provincial efforts to combat AIS, and worked to foster increased regional coordination.

The Governors and Premiers continue to lead efforts to combat known AIS including the Asian carp that threaten to enter the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.  In 2013, they created a list of “least wanted” species that the States and Provinces are using to enact protective measures.  They also stepped up their collective work to better inform and involve the public in AIS prevention.

In 2014, the Governors and Premiers announced a Mutual Aid Agreement to that empowers the States and Provinces to act collaboratively and share staff and expertise in the event of a serious regional threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS).  This innovative agreement provides the States and Provinces with a powerful tool to combat the introduction and spread of aquatic invaders including Asian carp.