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Monday, January 25 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Uniting Adaptive Management Through The Great Lakes Region Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Collaborative

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AUTHORS: Lisa Walter*, Great Lakes Fishery Commission; Joseph Sheahan*, US Fish and Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: In the Great Lakes region, barriers fragment riverine habitat and impede movement of fishes and other aquatic organisms within riverine networks, and between the lakes and the tributaries, possibly reducing genetic diversity of aquatic species and impeding energy transport, nutrient flow and recycling. Conversely, some barriers provide system benefits by: assisting with the control of sea lamprey and other detrimental invasive species, thereby protecting threatened, endangered, or vulnerable native species; preventing upstream contaminant spread; and, possibly decreasing pathogen spread. The Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative has approved a charter for a focused effort to restore aquatic connectivity through a collaborative process The purpose of the Great Lakes Region Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Collaborative is to harness the capacities, expertise, and abilities of all partners in support of common conservation outcomes for connectivity within riverine networks and between the lakes and the tributaries in the Great Lakes Basin, and to serve as a strategic forum for collaboration, coordination, and integration. Here, we introduce the Collaborative, discuss its charter and purpose, and present ongoing efforts to identify structure, governance, vision and mission.

Monday January 25, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am EST