The Human Dimensions of the Baitfish Industry: Investigating a Vector for Acquatic Invasive Species and VHS in the Great Lakes Basin

Grant: # 1056

Grant Amount: $20,363.93

Board Decision Year: 2009

Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing)

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Dobson, Tracy (dobson@msu.edu) 517-432-1711

GLFT - Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations-C - Ecological and biological fisheries research to inform management

Project Details

Despite agency actions (regulations, outreach programs) in Ontario and Michigan to halt the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) in the Great Lakes basin, live baitfish are thought to be a growing vector for these problems. Mail surveys of anglers and bait industry individuals were used to learn why live baitfish continue to be illegally dumped in the basin's waters despite management efforts to stop this practice. Results are being used to strengthen management programs.

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Final Report
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