Michigan Senate declares July 3-9 as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

Yesterday, Michigan’s Senate adopted a resolution commemorating July 3-9, 2016, as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week. The designation entails promoting the dangers of invasive species in the Great Lakes and raising awareness about the many impacts, both economic and environmental.

The resolution, Senate Resolution No. 184, was introduced by State Senator Dale Zorn. For Zorn, “aquatic invasive species awareness is an important first step toward behavior change which prevents the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.”

The resolution, which is rather lengthy, resolves that “all citizens are encouraged to increase their understanding and awareness of aquatic invasive species and their environmental and economic impacts, and take preventative measures to stop the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.”

Sea Lamprey

Pictured is a non-native Sea Lamprey. The species was introduced to Lake Erie via the Welland Canal. They have no natural predators in the Great Lakes and thrive in the temperate waters. They feed on the bodily fluids of fish.

Photo Credit: T. Lawrence, GLFC

 

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