Where you trap matters: Implications for integrated sea lamprey management

Journal of Great Lakes Research
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Barriers and pesticides have been used in streams to control sea lamprey in the Laurentian Great Lakes for nearly 70 years. Considerable effort has been spent to develop additional control measures, but much less effort has gone toward identifying how or where additional control measures might be cost-effectively integrated into the sea lamprey control program. We use a management strategy evaluation model in Lake Michigan to identify the stream types that would be most suitable for deploying traps to remove adults prior to spawning and estimate the likely impact on adult sea lamprey abundance in subsequent years under several trapping scenarios relative to status quo abundance. The greatest reduction in lake-wide adult sea lamprey abundance predicted by the model resulted when removing adult sea lampreys from streams that are difficult for control program personnel to treat with lampricide because lampricide applications would be required less frequently. Additionally, targeting streams which experience regular sea lamprey recruitment and streams with low adult sea lamprey density should result in reduced lake-wide abundance if trapping costs are relatively low or removal is high. Our results provide direction on where to trap and why, and indicate that trapping may be a valuable part of an integrated sea lamprey control approach advancing the goals of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Where you trap matters: Implications for integrated sea lamprey management
Series title Journal of Great Lakes Research
DOI 10.1016/j.jglr.2020.06.023
Edition Online First
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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